Chapter 15: Of Justice
Zarathustra cannot forgive Jesus. He is behaving like all so-called holier-than-thou men. Even in his death he cannot forget that. His last words represent his whole life. And perhaps that is the reason why he was crucified. People could not forgive him; he was making them ashamed on every point - they had to destroy him. In his crucifixion he was also responsible, as much as the people who had crucified him.
Better to be angry than make ashamed! And when you are cursed, I do not like it that you then want to bless. Rather curse back a little!
Remain human! His insistence is very clear: you are human, remain human. He does not expect you to become a saint, a holy man, that when people are cursing you, you are expected to bless them.
And should a great injustice be done to you, then quickly do five little injustices besides.
Remain the way humanity functions. Don’t go against nature.
And should a great injustice be done to you, then quickly do five little injustices besides. He who bears injustice alone is terrible to behold.
Friedrich Nietzsche, a great follower of Zarathustra.when he became mad and was put into a madhouse, when he had forgotten everything, he could not even recognize his own sister who had been taking care of him his whole life. She had not married, just to take care of him, because he was alone and there was nobody else to take care of him. But one thing he never forgot, even in his madness: whenever he used to sign anything, first he would write: “Anti-christ Friedrich Nietzsche.” That “Anti-christ” he never forgot, so deep was his feeling against Jesus and his teachings.
Why was he so against Jesus? For the simple reason that this man said, “I am the only begotten son of God; I am the shepherd: you are my sheep. All that you need to do is to believe in me, and I will save you - deliver you from all your bondage, darkness, misery, hell.” He was proving himself to be God. Nietzsche could not forgive that. That is the greatest ego a man can have; and so pious that nobody objects, and so beautiful that one never becomes aware of its ugliness.
He who bears injustice alone is terrible to behold.
That’s what Jesus was doing. He is reported to have said, “I am dying to save the whole of humanity. I am carrying this cross to deliver you from all your sufferings.” Nobody seems to be delivered, nobody seems to be saved; in fact he himself could not save himself. Right is Zarathustra when he says: