“Your truth was only a triggering point; it triggered something in me and I became aware of my own truth – and they are the same. Please forgive me. I was ignorant, egoistic, even to have the idea of discussing truth with you – truth cannot be discussed, but in silence it can be experienced.”
Must one first shatter their ears to teach them to hear with their eyes? Must one rumble like drums and Lenten preachers? Or do they believe only those who stammer?
They have something of which they are proud. What is it called that makes them proud? They call it culture, it distinguishes them from the goatherds.
Everybody in the whole world is proud of one thing: his culture. I have been condemned by so many countries, so many governments, so many churches, but the reason has been always the same – that I am dangerous to their culture. Twenty-one countries have made it a law that I cannot enter their land. The reason? – that I can destroy their culture, their morality, their religion. And it seems to be such an idiotic idea that on the one hand, they claim their culture is four thousand years old – in India, they claim their culture is ninety thousand years old; they have made a culture in ninety thousand years – and a single man can destroy it.
I have been deported from countries where I was only a tourist for three weeks, or four weeks. In Greece I was there for four weeks only. Two weeks had already passed and I had not left my house in those two weeks. I am so blissful to be just by myself; in my own room is the whole universe. But the archbishop of the oldest Christian church in the world, the Greek Orthodox Church, threatened the government, threatened me, threatened my host in whose house I was staying, on a small island…he threatened that if I was not immediately removed from Greece, he was going to burn my house – me and the people who were staying with me would be burned alive.
And the reason? – I am a danger to their culture. A tourist who is going to stay two weeks more and who is not going to go out of his house, is capable of destroying a culture which has been there for two thousand years. Is such a culture worth saving? Is it not simply rotten? Even a small push and the whole palace of playing cards will fall down. You have created it in two thousand years, and you are afraid of two weeks.
Everybody around the world is proud of his culture. But what is your culture? Zarathustra is right:
They call it culture, it distinguishes them from the goatherds.