Depending on the context, a same argument can suggest different or even opposed meanings. As soon as an it came out of your mouth, it already has as many interpretations as people around heard it, and this is exactly why to discuss has sense, only those who are not even willing to listen cut short an argument saying “we think different” and appeal to “tolerance.”
That the protagonist of my novels, Roquesor, declared himself as “superior to God” made me lose the sympathy of many, even good friends. In the context of my novel, my aim was to criticize some aspects of Catholicism, paraphrasing Nietzsche it was a way of saying my character was “beyond good and evil,” of course this clarification will serve little in front of those who judged me pedantic for writing that (they also overlooked it was about a fictional character,) what is more, now that I mentioned Nietzsche they'll also assume I'm a neo-nazi. That's how fascists minds work, or rather how they “fail to work”; a mind that works sees that, unlike Nietzsche's superman, Hitler's master race wasn't a philosophical concept but a religious one, that curiously had one point in common with Catholicism and Judaism, the mother of all fallacies: good and evil. We know very well how this approach pretends to solve problems: to eliminate illness to be healthful, to eliminate meat for a healthy diet, to eliminate forests to end wildfires, to eliminate Jews to get a perfect world. You eliminate the bad and only the good remains, it sounds logical, doesn't it? Long ago someone already noticed this human mind bug, and tried to patch it up by proposing the Yin and Yang idea, great contribution that served humanity to create funny logotypes. Only in the world as it's conceived and distorted by men good and evil exist, in nature what is waste for this species is a necessity for that other one. Nature regulates itself, maintains itself, makes everything coexist in a perfect balance, without a doubt nature “is” paradise. Or it used to be. I'll finish my speech with an example of what I posed at the beginning; once the context changed, what I'd used for criticizing Catholicism is now useful for praising it: if I had to find a mundane, practical meaning to “original sin” I'd say men bit the forbidden fruit when they began to consider themselves superior to nature, in other words, superior to God.
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