And the reason why the experiments have failed, is that nobody recognized that we are experiments of the earth. All the religions started renouncing the earth, and that is where they went wrong. They were sons and daughters of the earth and they started renouncing the earth; and it was the earth who had brought them to this level of life and consciousness. Zarathustra would like you to remain loyal to the earth so that the experiment cannot go astray.
Not only the reason of millennia – the madness of millennia too breaks out in us.
It is not only the reason of the millions of years that have passed that we get in heritage. We also get in heritage the madness of the millenia.
All that has gone wrong in millions of years also comes to us as our heritage. And one has to be very alert to sort out what is wrong in the traditions, in the orthodoxies, in the religions of the past, and find the point from where other experiments have gone astray. You cannot blindly follow the paths, otherwise you will also go wrong.
It is dangerous to be an heir…
…because in heritage you get everything: the rationality and the madness too, the successes and the failures too. And the difficulty is: successes are very few and failures are many. Sanity is very rare and madness is very common. Almost ninety-nine percent of your heritage is insane. It is because of that heritage that humanity remains miserable, cannot get free from the ancient bondage – because it thinks that it is our heritage, slavery is our heritage. Chains become ornaments and imprisonments become our homes.
To be religious one needs to be a rebel.
To be religious one needs fire to burn all that is false, to burn all that is superfluous, to burn all that is not essential and to save only that which is very small, from where you can move in the right direction.
We are still fighting step by step with the giant chance and hitherto the senseless, the meaningless, has still ruled over mankind.
Our greatest problem is why the experiment has not succeeded, why man has always proved a failure, why man has not proved himself to be the salt of the earth, the meaning and the significance.
Just a little intelligence and it is not difficult to find:…hitherto the senseless and meaningless has ruled over mankind.
Just watch your own life and watch the life of the people around you. How much is senseless? How much is meaningless? And that senselessness and meaninglessness predominates.