Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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à ne point parler: ainsi il a rarement tort.

- Et l'âne de braire I-A.

Insignifiant il passe dans le monde. La couleur de son corps, dont il
enveloppe sa vertu, est grise. S'il a de l'esprit, il le cache; mais
chacun croit à ses longues oreilles.

- Et l'âne de braire I-A.

Quelle sagesse cachée est cela qu'il ait de longues oreilles et qu'il
dise toujours oui, et jamais non! N'a-t-il pas crée le monde à son
image, c'est-à-dire aussi bête que possible?

- Et l'âne de braire I-A.

Tu suis des chemins droits et des chemins détournés; ce que les hommes
appellent droit ou détourné t'importe peu. Ton royaume est par delà le
bien et le mal. C'est ton innocence de ne point savoir ce que c'est
que l'innocence.

- Et l'âne de braire I-A.

Vois donc comme tu ne repousses personne loin de toi, ni les mendiants,
ni les rois. Tu laisses venir à toi les petits enfants et si les
pécheurs veulent te séduire tu leur dis simplement I-A.

- Et l'âne de braire: I-A.

Tu aimes les ânesses et les figues fraîches, tu n'es point difficile
pour ta nourriture. Un chardon te chatouille le coeur lorsque tu as
faim. C'est là qu'est ta sagesse de Dieu.

- Et l'âne de braire I-A.



En cet endroit de la litanie cependant, Zarathoustra ne put se
maîtriser davantage. Il cria lui-aussi: I-A à plus haute voix encore
que l'âne et sauta au milieu de ses hôtes devenus fous. "Mais que
faites-vous donc là - enfants des hommes? S'écria-t-il en soulevant de
terre ceux qui priaient. Malheur à vous, si quelqu'un d'autre que
Zarathoustra vous regardait:

Chacun jugerait que vous êtes devenus, avec votre foi nouvelle, les
pires des blasphémateurs, ou les plus insensées de toutes les vieilles

Et toi-même, vieux pape, comment es-tu d'accord avec toi-même en
adorant ainsi un âne comme s'il était Dieu?"

"O Zarathoustra, répondit le pape, pardonne-moi, mais dans les choses
de Dieu je suis encore plus éclairé que toi. Et cela est juste ainsi.

Plutôt adorer Dieu sous cette forme que de ne point l'adorer du tout!
Réfléchis à cette parole, mon éminent ami: tu devineras vite que cette
parole renferme de la sagesse.

Celui qui a dit: "Dieu est esprit" - a fait jusqu'à présent sur la
terre le plus grand pas et le plus grand bond vers l'incrédulité: ce ne
sont pas là des paroles faciles à réparer sur la terre!

Mon vieux coeur saute et bondit de ce qu'il y ait encore quelque chose
à adorer sur

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