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[512W-{50-1/51} Opera and Drama: PW Vol. II, p. 200-201]

[P. 200] {FEUER} “This [i.e., Greek] Tragedy’s basis was the Lyric, from which it advanced to word-speech in the same way as Society advanced from the natural, ethico-religious ties of Feeling, to the political State. The return from Understanding to Feeling will be the march of the Drama of the Future, in so far as we shall advance from the thought-out individuality to the genuine one. But, from the very beginning of his work, the modern poet has to exhibit a Surrounding – the State – which is void of any purely-human sentiment, and therefore is un-communicable through the Feeling’s highest utterance. So that he can only reach his purpose, at all, [P. 201] through the organ of the ‘combining’ Understanding, through un-emotional modern speech … .” [512W-{50-1/51} Opera and Drama: PW Vol. II, p. 200-201]


[513W-{50-1/51} Opera and Drama: PW Vol. II, p. 201]

[P. 201] {FEUER} “Looked at reasonably, the Going-under of the State can mean nothing else but the self-realisement of Society’s religious conviction (Bewusstsein) of its purely-human essence. By its very nature, this conviction can be no Dogma stamped upon us from without, i.e. it cannot rest on historical traditions, nor be drilled into us by the State. So long as any one of life’s actions is demanded of us as an outward Duty, so long is the object of that action no object of Religious Conscience; for when we act from the dictates of religious conscience we act from out ourselves, we so act as we cannot act otherwise. But Religious Conscience means a universal conscience (allgemeinsames Bewusstsein); and conscience cannot be universal, until it knows the Unconscious, the Instinctive, the Purely-human, as the only true and necessary thing, and vindicates it by that knowledge.” [513W-{50-1/51} Opera and Drama: PW Vol. II, p. 201]


[514W-{50-1/51} Opera and Drama: PW Vol. II, p. 202-203]

[P. 202] {FEUER} “In the free self-determining of the Individuality there therefore lies the basis of the social Religion of the Future … .

{FEUER} … until now we can only apprehend each human relationship in the shape of a [P. 203] Right conferred by historical tradition, and in its prescription by a statutory ‘norm of standing.’ But we may guess the measureless wealth of living individual relationships, if we take them as purely-human, ever fully and entirely present; i.e. if we think every extrahuman or non-present thing that in the State, as Property and historic Right, has placed itself between them, has torn asunder their ties of Love, has dis-individualised, Class-uniformed, and State-established them, -- if we think this all sent far away [“fernen”?]. “ [514W-{50-1/51} Opera and Drama: PW Vol. II, p. 202-203]

[515W-{50-1/51} Opera and Drama: PW Vol. II, p. 204]

[P. 204] {FEUER} “In Society this motivating love was lost, in exact degree as the reverence for the person transferred itself to fixed ideas and extrahuman things which – unreal in themselves – did not stand toward us in that living reciprocity wherein Love is able to requite our reverence, i.e., to take from it its fear.” [515W-{50-1/51} Opera and Drama: PW Vol. II, p. 204]


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