World renunciation

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"The Christian resolve to find the world ugly and bad, has made the world ugly and bad."

Friedrich Nietzsche

"The two kinds of life are now not only different (they would always have been that) but actually opposed. The natural life in each of us is something self-centred, something that wants to be petted and admired, to take advantage of others, the exploit the whole universe. [...] And because the whole difficulty for us is that the natural life has to be, in a sense, 'killed', He chose an earthly career which involved the killing of His human desires at every turn-poverty, misunderstanding from His won family, betrayal by one of His intimate friends, being jeered at and manhandled by the Police, and execution by torture. [...] For the first time we saw a real man."

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
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