Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes

Wikipedia gives the basics in terms of origination.

“Religion is the opium of the people” is one of the most frequently paraphrased statements of German economist Karl Marx. It was translated from the German original, “Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes” and is often rendered as “religion… is the opiate of the masses.” The quotation originates from the introduction of his proposed work A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right; this work was never written, but the introduction (written in 1843) was published in 1844 in Marx’s own journal Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher, a collaboration with Arnold Ruge. The phrase “This opium you feed your people” appeared earlier in 1797 in Marquis de Sade’s text L’Histoire de Juliette and Novalis’s “[R]eligion acts merely as an opiate” around the same time. The full quote from Karl Marx translates as: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people”. Often quoted, the interpretation of the metaphor in its context has received much less attention. [1]

It is, of course, still quite valid. Still, in 2015, it’s kinda difficult to find a human being who doesn’t literally believe in the equivalent of flying unicorns that fart rainbows. I call it all doG for metaphorical shorthand. Thankfully, it’s become far more hilarious than worrisome…and lafable for me too, in recent years…because I talk to lots of young people every chance I get.

Do you talk to a lot of young people, like honestly? If you don’t, then you have no idea of what’s absolutely coming your way.

…Circling back, did you notice that this valid Marxist formulation was all like, a long time ago, like 1800s & shit?

Butt-Fuck: now, half of what you SEE on TEEVEE is about lesbian, gay, bi, transsexual (LGBT) stuff. IOW, the kinda stuff that pretty much makes all doGs roll in their clouds.

What gives?

Religion is established, institutional…wears a very nice tighty nighty for the political elites. It’s the Bedfellows metaphor the metaphor was made for.

You get to have your rainbow-farting, flying unicorns. They can even be black…or transexual.

What you don’t get to do is to not have your antagonism over all of it, with your fellow human beings.

That antagonism—running 24/7 on Fox, CNN, MSNBC—is the life blood of a decrepit and dying paradigm of opium via human antagonism.

Get high while it lasts.

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