Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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cause de sa mort - car tous
les animaux l'aimaient. Alors je me suis enfui.

Suis-je donc venu en vain dans ces forêts et dans ces montagnes? Mais
mon coeur s'est décidé à en chercher un autre, le plus pieux de tous
ceux qui ne croient pas en Dieu, - à chercher Zarathoustra!"

Ainsi parlait le vieillard et il regardait d'un oeil perçant celui qui
était debout devant lui; Zarathoustra cependant saisit la main du vieux
pape et la contempla longtemps avec admiration.

"Vois donc, vénérable, dit-il alors, quelle belle main effilée! Ceci
est la main de quelqu'un qui a toujours donné la bénédiction. Mais
maintenant elle tient celui que tu cherches, moi Zarathoustra.

Je suis Zarathoustra, l'impie, qui dit: qui est-ce qui est plus impie
que moi, afin que je me réjouisse de son enseignement?"

Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra, pénétrant de son regard les pensées et les
arrière-pensées du vieux pape. Enfin celui-ci commença:

"Celui qui l'aimait et le possédait le plus, c'est celui qui l'a aussi
le plus perdu: - regarde, je crois que de nous deux, c'est moi
maintenant le plus impie? Mais qui donc saurait s'en réjouir!"

- "Tu l'as servi jusqu'à la fin? demanda Zarathoustra pensif, après un
long et profond silence, tu sais _comment_ il est mort? Est-ce vrai,
ce que l'on raconte, que c'est la pitié qui l'a étranglé?

- la pitié de voir _l'homme_ suspendu à la croix, sans pouvoir
supporter que l'amour pour les hommes devînt son enfer et enfin sa
mort?" -

Le vieux pape cependant ne répondit pas, mais il regarda de côté, avec
un air farouche et une expression douloureuse et sombre sur le visage.

"Laisse-le aller, reprit Zarathoustra après une longue réflexion, en
regardant toujours le vieillard dans le blanc des yeux.

Laisse-le aller, il est perdu. Et quoique cela t'honore de ne dire que
du bien de ce mort, tu sais aussi bien que moi, _qui_ il était: et
qu'il suivait des chemins singuliers."

"Pour parler entre trois yeux, dit le vieux pape rasséréné (car il
était aveugle d'un oeil), sur les choses de Dieu je suis plus éclairé
que Zarathoustra lui-même - et j'ai le droit de l'être.

Mon amour a servi Dieu pendant de longues années, ma volonté suivait
partout sa volonté. Mais un bon serviteur sait tout et aussi certaines
choses que son maître se cache à lui-même.

C'était un Dieu caché, plein de mystères. En vérité, son fils lui-même
ne lui est venu que par des chemins détournés. A la porte de sa
croyance il y a l'adultère.

Celui qui le

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