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168 Idiotic

Zarathustra Seminars


Just because a thing is stupid is it important, for then it appeals to many people.

When we think, “Now this is the very thing,” it is just not the thing, because millions will never see it-two or three perhaps may, but what does that mean?

Of course it is very precious but what is the value of a diamond if nobody discovers it?

But when a thing is tangibly idiotic, you can be sure that it is very powerful, very dangerous.

You see, when we call a thing stupid, we think that we undo it, that we have overcome it somehow.

Of course nothing of the sort happens; we have simply made a statement that it is very important, have advertised it, and it appeals to everybody.

People think, thank heaven, here is some thing we can understand, and they eat it.

But if we say something is very intelligent, they vanish and won’t touch it.

So you see, we might say that was only a subjective experience, an illusion.

No, it was not an illusion. It shaped Nietzsche’s life.

There would be no Paul if it had not been for his experience on the way to Damascus, and probably a great part of our Christianity-we don’t know how great a part-would not exist if that illusion had not happened.

And when you call it an illusion you advertise it-you make that also very important-because the most important thing to man, besides his stupidity, is illusion.

Nothing has been created in the world that has not first been an illusion or imagination: there is no railway, no hotel, no man-of-war that has not been imagination. ~Carl Jung, Zarathustra Seminar, Page 1177.