Japsifilosofi Keiji Nishitani
on aikanaan kirjoitellut mojovan kirjan nimeltään The Self-Overcoming of Nihilism, jota olen lainannut tänne aiemminkin
. Aurinkoiseen talven taitokseen sopii hyvin muutama kipakka ajatus Keijiltä:
"When intellect is pressed into the service of the will, it loves truth only so long as it corresponds to self-interest, the will of one's superiors, the doctrine of the Church, or the prejudices and tastes of one's contemporaries. This is no more than a case of 'loving oneself' rather than 'loving wisdom'. Philosophy as love of wisdom can only occur in an intellect that has been liberated from the will; what the idealists pursue as philosophy lacks sincerity, honesty and integrity."
"Chrstianity is set up as the absolute counter-principle to natural selection and as the fundamental obstacle to the destiny of humankind, since its foundational standpoint values the interests of individuals more highly than those of the species. Therefore Christianity's so called love of humanity is a 'solidarity for the weak' or mass egoism of the weak. True love of humanity, in contrast, demands the sacrifice of the self in favor of the best for the human species; the human species can survive only through a love of humanity that demands self-sacrifice for the sake of the highest. Moreover, Christianity, in contrast, argues the extreme position that nobody may be sacrificed - even those who most ought to sacrifice themselves voluntarily. This is not genuine 'humanity'; indeed, it is not humanity at all. [...] This nullification of actual life lies at the very ground of the awe-inspiring world that Christianity, in its self-deception of weakened life, imagines to lie beyond this world."
"Even after such otherworldly ideas as 'God' and the 'true world' are recognized as groundless, the moralities supported by them continue to live on. Human beings cannot help leaning on them, even though they have become essentially false and void. The shadow of God lingers in the present age even after God has died, and therefore the most necessary virtue is the honesty to shatter morality itself."