Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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je suis moins seul; je pressens des compagnons, des frères
inconnus qui rôdent autour de moi, leur chaude haleine émeut mon âme."

Mais comme il regardait autour de lui cherchant des consolateurs de sa
solitude: voici, il aperçut des vaches rassemblées sur une hauteur;
c'étaient elles dont le voisinage et l'odeur avaient réchauffé son
coeur. Ces vaches cependant semblaient suivre avec attention un
discours qu'on leur tenait et elles ne prenaient point garde au nouvel
arrivant.

Mais quand Zarathoustra fur arrivé tout près d'elles, il entendit
distinctement qu'une voix d'hommes s'élevait de leur milieu; et il
était visible qu'elles avaient toutes la tête tournée du côté de leur
interlocuteur.

Alors Zarathoustra gravit en toute hâte la hauteur et il dispersa les
animaux, car il craignait qu'il ne fût arrivé là quelque malheur que la
compassion des vaches aurait difficilement pu réparer. Mais en cela il
s'était trompé; car, voici, un homme était assis par terre et semblait
vouloir persuader aux bêtes de n'avoir point peur de lui. C'était un
homme pacifique, un doux prédicateur de montagnes, dont les yeux
prêchaient la bonté même. "Que cherches-tu ici?" s'écria Zarathoustra
avec stupéfaction.

"Ce que je cherche ici? répondit-il: la même chose que toi,
trouble-fête! c'est-à-dire le bonheur sur la terre.

C'est pourquoi je voudrais que ces vaches m'enseignassent leur sagesse.
Car, sache-le, voici bien une demie matinée que je leur parle et elles
allaient me répondre. Pourquoi les troubles-tu?

Si nous ne retournons en arrière et ne devenons comme les vaches, nous
ne pouvons pas entrer dans le royaume des cieux. Car il y a une chose
que nous devrions apprendre d'elles: c'est de ruminer.

Et, en vérité, quand bien même l'homme gagnerait le monde entier, s'il
n'apprenait pas cette seule chose, je veux dire de ruminer, à quoi tout
le reste lui servirait-il! Car il ne se déferait point de sa grande
affliction, - de sa grande affliction qui s'appelle aujourd'hui
_dégoût_: et qui donc n'a pas aujourd'hui du dégoût plein le coeur,
plein la bouche, plein les yeux? Toi aussi! Toi aussi! Mais vois
donc ces vaches!" -

Ainsi parla le prédicateur de la montagne, puis il tourna son regard
vers Zarathoustra, - car jusqu'ici ses yeux étaient restés attachés
avec amour sur les vaches: - mais soudain son visage changea. "Quel
est celui à qui je parle? s'écria-t-il effrayé en se levant soudain de
terre.

C'est ici l'homme sans dégoût, c'est Zarathoustra lui-même, celui qui a
surmonté le grand dégoût, c'est bien l'oeil, c'est bien la bouche,
c'est bien le coeur de Zarathoustra lui-même."

Et, en parlant ainsi, il baisait

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