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if I could believe in the immortality business, the world would indeed be too good to be true

January 27, 2014

“Yes, if I could believe in the immortality business, the world would indeed be too good to be true; but…the sods cover us, and the worm that never dies, the conscience, sleeps well at last.” Man “can tell himself this fairy tale of an eternal tea-party; and enjoy the notion…that his friends will yet meet him. But the truth is, we must fight on until we die, and…resumption into—what?”

Robert Louis Stevenson, letter to Edmond Gosse, 1886

Notice his certainty about an state of existence he has no knowledge of. How can he know the ‘conscience sleeps well at last’?

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Religion is a kind of spiritual intoxicant, in which the slaves of capital drown their humanity and their desires for some sort of decent human existence

October 7, 2009

Religion is the opium of the people. Religion is a kind of spiritual intoxicant, in which the slaves of capital drown their humanity and their desires for some sort of decent human existence…The class-conscious worker of today, … leaves heaven to the priests and bourgeois hypocrites and fights for a better life for himself, here on earth.

Vladimir Lenin, Religion, New York: International Publishers, 1933, p. 48).

Doesn’t this language sound so old fashioned now in post-Christian Europe? Nowadays cocaine, TV and other endless distractions are the opium of the people.