Original sin

The practical superiority of the great Christian religions was that they didn’t coat the pill. They didn’t try to astonish anyone, they didn’t seek out the voter, they didn’t feel need to please, they didn’t beat around the bush. They grabbed hold of man in the cradle and broke the bad news to him right away. They let him in on the secret without messing around; You little amorphous particle of putrescence, you’ll never be anything except garbage. By birth you’re just shit… Do you hear me? It’s obvious, it’s the first principle of everything!

— Louis Ferdinand Celine, Mea Culpa, 1936

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