28 September 2006

More on Confidence

How can people be so tied to their faith, while enduring dreadfully, woefully harsh conditions of existence?

"Religious suffering is at one and the same time the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is therefore in embryo the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo." -Marx

5 Comments:

Blogger weeping sore said...

You're a real buzz-kill, ya know?

10:38 PM  
Blogger K said...

sympathy is a painful pre-requisite to humanity

3:22 AM  
Blogger Miss Carousel said...

you know, sympathy was considered part and parcel of transparency.....


no confidence, i tell you.

7:16 AM  
Blogger K said...

OK, fair enough...but you'll come around on Marx one day, comrade.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Frances Goodman فرانسيس said...

What did "sympathy" mean in this context?

9:39 AM  

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