Antinomianism

There is, in fact, no way back either to the wolf or to the child. From the very start there is no innocence and no singleness. Every created thing, even the simplest, is already guilty, already multiple. It has been thrown into the muddy stream of being and may never more swim back again to its source. The way to innocence, to the uncreated and to God leads on, not back, not back to the wolf or to the child, but even further into sin, ever deeper into human life.

— Herman Hesse, Steppenwolf

Where is a height without depth, and how can there be light that throws no shadow? There is no good that is not opposed by evil. No man can be redeemed from a sin he has not committed, says Carpocrates; a deep saying for all who wish to understand, and a golden opportunity for all those who prefer to draw false conclusions. What is down below is not just an excuse for more pleasure, but something we fear because it demands to play its part in the life of the more conscious and more complete man.

— Carl Jung, Woman In Europe, 1927

Man is evil – all the wisest men have told me that to comfort me. Oh, if only this were true today! For evil is man’s strength. Man must grow better and more evil – this is what I teach.

— Friedrich Nietzche

I agree with Nietzche that to be truly free, one must commit evil [acts].

— Georges Bataille

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