Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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der Wanderer und Schatten,
der alte Wahrsager, der Gewissenhafte des Geistes und der hässlichste
Mensch: sie lagen Alle gleich Kindern und gläubigen alten Weibchen auf
den Knien und beteten den Esel an. Und eben begann der hässlichste
Mensch zu gurgeln und zu schnauben, wie als ob etwas Unaussprechliches
aus ihm heraus wolle; als er es aber wirklich bis zu Worten gebracht
hatte, siehe, da war es eine fromme seltsame Litanei zur Lobpreisung
des angebeteten und angeräucherten Esels. Diese Litanei aber klang
also:

Amen! Und Lob und Ehre und Weisheit und Dank und Preis und Stärke sei
unserm Gott, von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit!

- Der Esel aber schrie dazu I-A.

Er trägt unsre Last, er nahm Knechtsgestalt an, er ist geduldsam von
Herzen und redet niemals Nein; und wer seinen Gott liebt, der züchtigt
ihn.

- Der Esel aber schrie dazu I-A.

Er redet nicht: es sei denn, dass er zur Welt, die er Schuf, immer Ja
sagt: also preist er seine Welt. Seine Schlauheit ist es, die nicht
redet: so bekommt er selten Unrecht.

- Der Esel aber schrie dazu I-A.

Unscheinbar geht er durch die Welt. Grau ist die Leib-Farbe, in welche
er seine Tugend hüllt. Hat er Geist, so verbirgt er ihn; Jedermann
aber glaubt an seine langen Ohren.

- Der Esel aber schrie dazu I-A.

Welche verborgene Weisheit ist das, dass er lange Ohren trägt und
allein ja und nimmer Nein sagt! Hat er nicht die Welt erschaffen nach
seinem Bilde, nämlich so dumm als möglich?

- Der Esel aber schrie dazu I-A.

Du gehst gerade und krumme Wege; es kümmert dich wenig, was uns
Menschen gerade oder krumm dünkt. Jenseits von Gut und Böse ist dein
Reich. Es ist deine Unschuld, nicht zu wissen, was Unschuld ist.

- Der Esel aber schrie dazu I-A.

Siehe doch, wie du Niemanden von dir stössest, die Bettler nicht, noch
die Könige. Die Kindlein lässest du zu dir kommen, und wenn dich die
bösen Buben locken, so sprichst du einfältiglich I-A.

- Der Esel aber schrie dazu I-A.

Du liebst Eselinnen und frische Feigen, du bist kein Kostverächter.
Eine Distel kitzelt dir das Herz, wenn du gerade Hunger hast. Darin
liegt eines Gottes Weisheit.

- Der Esel aber schrie dazu I-A.



Das Eselsfest

1.

An dieser Stelle der Litanei aber konnte Zarathustra sich nicht länger
bemeistern, schrie selber I-A, lauter noch als der Esel, und sprang
mitten unter seine tollgewordenen Gäste.

"Aber was treibt ihr da, ihr Menschenkinder? rief er, indem er die
Betenden vom Boden empor riss. Wehe, wenn euch Jemand Anderes zusähe
als Zarathustra:

Jeder würde urtheilen, ihr wäret mit eurem neuen Glauben die ärgsten
Gotteslästerer oder die thörichtsten aller alten Weiblein!

Und du selber, du alter Papst,

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