On Heroes, Hero Worship and the Heroic in History

On Heroes, Hero Worship and the Heroic in History

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... seeing through it, knows it to be mere wood, many men must have begun dimly to doubt that it was little more. ConUdemnable-Idolatry is insincere Idolatry. Doubt has eaten-out the heart of it: a human soul is seen clinging spasmodically to an Ark of the Covenant, which it half-feels now to have become a Phantasm. This is one of the balefulest sights. Souls are no longer filed with their Fetish; but only pretend to be filled, and would fain make themselves feel that Luther a they are filled. "You do not believe," said breaker Coleridge; "you only believe that you believe." Idols It is the final scene in all kinds of Worship and Symbolism; the sure symptom that death is now nigh. It is equivalent to what we call Formulism, and Worship of Formulas, in these days of ours. No more immoral act can be done by a human creature; for it is the beginning of all immorality, or rather it is the impossibility henceforth of any morality whatsoever: the innermost moral soul is ysed thereby, cast into fatal magnetic sleep! are no longer sincere men. 1 do not wonder that the.earnest man denounces this, brands it, prosecutes it with unextinguishable aversion. He jnd it, all good and it, are at death-feud. Blamable f Idolatry is Cant, and even what one may call Sincere-Cant. Sincere-Cant: that is worth thinking of! Every sort of Worship ends with this phasis. I find Luther to have been a Breaker of Idols, no less than any other Prophet. The wooden gods of the Koreish, made of timber and bees-wax, were not more hateful to Mahomet than Tetzel's Pardons of Sin, made of sheepskin and ink, were to Luther. It is the property of every Hero, in every time, in every place and situation, that he come back to reality; that he stand upon things, and not...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236529162
  • 9781236529169