Susanne Claxton on the otherworld, from Heidegger's Gods
The Judaeo-Christian worldview, by overthrowing earth-based, goddess-worshipping
religions and emphasizing a male-centered cosmogony, once
spread via the Roman Empire and then the Roman Catholic Church, may
be understood as one of the most crucial events in history in this regard.
Nietzsche argues that those who are focused on the otherworld necessarily
become haters or despisers of life itself. In their embrace of and emphasis
upon the otherworld, they reject life as its own justification and demand
something outside of life to justify it. Nietzsche’s idea thus resonates with
the ecofeminist assertion that in foregoing a belief in immanent divinity in
favor of a belief in divinity as transcendent only, there is a fundamental loss
of reverence for life itself and the life-giving power of the earth, nature, and
women. Life is no longer intrinsically sacred, but requires sanctification from
Where Nietzsche argued against the Judaeo-Christian otherworld, Heidegger erased it. Everything can be traced back to the Greeks. Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, mistakes already to be found in Plato! The bread and wine in Hölderlin and Trakl's poems, they're pre-Socratic!