Who knew?

The legend on the first United States penny read, “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry,” which ought to put to rest once for all the anti-intellectualism of the Christian Nation crowd.

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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
II: Criticism of Morality

§258   My attempt to understand moral judgments as symptoms and sign languages which betray the processes of physiological prosperity or failure, likewise the consciousness of the conditions for preservation and growth — a mode of interpretations of the same worth as astrology, prejudices prompted by the instincts (of races,communities, of the various stages of life, as youth or decay, etc.).

Applied to the specific Christian-European morality: Our moral judgments are signs of decline, of disbelief in life, a preparation for pessimism.

My chief proposition: there are no moral phenomena, there is only a moral interpretation of these phenomena. This interpretation itself is of extra-moral origin.

What does it mean that our interpretation has projected a contradiction into existence? Of decisive importance: behind all other valuations these moral evaluations stand in command. Supposing they were abolished, according to what would we measure then? And then of what value would be knowledge, etc?

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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
I: Criticism of Morality

§257   Formerly it was said of every form of morality, “Ye shall know them by their fruits”. I say of every form of morality: “It is a fruit and from it I learn the Soil out of which it grew”.

Again, the claim that morality is not ‘out there,’ but arises out of circumstances, and that communal expectations reflect a consensus about the behaviors that are necessary for the tribe to flourish. This explains why some moral demands are universal, and others are local. It is everywhere inimical to order if theft and murder are commonplace, for example, but only a small tribe whose very existence is precarious has any reason to be concerned with same-sex relations.

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Dismal theology tweet for the day


Never ever forget: Y’all are no damn good.

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Every picture tells a story

Golly, what do you think is the story behind this picture of Indiana Governor Mike Pence signing a bill that permits discrimination against gays?

For even people who take pride in their unthinking bovine obedience to ancient texts written by anonymities, this is low. I would have preferred a video, frankly, so we could see whether any of those nuns, monks, friars, rabbis, and sundry Holy Men are squirming with justified embarrassment at the frank malice of the bill, or its all-but-certain unconstitutionality.

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