By Arthur De Gobineau, Mark Guy Valerius Tyson
Written 1853–1855. Translated through Adrian Collins, M.A. creation by means of Dr. Oscar Levy, Editor of the accepted English model of Nietzsche's works. Digitized by means of the net Archive in 2011 with investment from collage of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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They had, however, a very real influence and the proof is that until paganism was at its last gasp, their temples and shrines had to be kept going, and their acolytes to be paid. The most eminent and enlightened men, the most fervent in their unbelief, had not only to accept the public honour of wearing selves of the official language held . . ; the priestly robe, but to undertake the most disagreeable duties 14 FANATICISM, LUXURY, of the cult AND IRRELIGION —they who were accustomed to manu night, tnanu diurna, turn over, day and nocturna, the pages of Lucretius.
The masses, whose religious feelings had been wounded by the atheistic sects, had bided their time so long as they were ruled by the upper classes. But as soon as the empire had become democratic, and the pride of these classes had been brought low, then the populace determined to have their revenge. They made a mistake, however, in their victims, and cut the throats of the Christians, whom they took for philosophers, and accused of impiety. forced to adopt a ; — 16 FANATICISM, LUXURY, What The AND IRRELIGION a difference there was between this and an earlier age really sceptical !
But in the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth, a great change came over the scene. Society had succeeded in harmonizing its most discordant elements, and the state of morals was reasonably good. The ideas of the time were not favourable to the little casuistries that keep a man from the right path even when he wishes to walk in it. The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries were times of terrible conflict and perversity. It was a period of decadence in Brigandage reigned supreme. and the decadence was shown the strictest sense of the word In view of the debauchery, the tyranny, in a thousand ways.
An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races by Arthur De Gobineau, Mark Guy Valerius Tyson