In my book I explicitly stated the obvious – one of my specialities – by insisting that it, and as a natural consequence this blog, makes no claim to be original. I have admitted that much, if not most, of it has been said before. I do hope however that at least sometimes I put old wine into new bottles, and offer a different, personalized expression of why I am an atheist and why I consider religion ridiculous.
A recent Reflection is a good example of all this. I confess that I have never read any of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche’s books. But like so many others, I am aware of some of his ideas and even quotations. The piece on alcohol, addiction and religion (“State of Denial”) is a case in point. (The allusion to Marx is too obvious, even for me, to deserve comment.) I wrote it before I discovered what the great philosopher had written on the subject. I have never opened his book The Anti-Christ, but I did discover on the Net the following quotation from it : “Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity”. That’s it. That’s all I know (so far) about what he wrote on the subject. His development of it is no doubt more pertinent and penetrating than my poor Reflection. I’m no Nietzsche, but I don’t think anyone will accuse me of plagiarizing his ideas.
I did discover on the same site another quotation from Herr Nietzsche, this one from his other famous work which I have not read either, Thus Spake Zarathustra. It provides, post factum, a sort of justification for my sometimes criticized tongue-in-cheek, ticklers-and-teasers approach to ridiculing religion : “One does not kill by anger but by laughter.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.