Czesław Miłosz: “A true opium of the people is a belief in nothingness after death …”

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Czesław Miłosz

“Religion, opium for the people. To those suffering pain, humiliation, illness, and serfdom, it promised a reward in an afterlife. And now we are witnessing a transformation. A true opium for the people is a belief in nothingness after death–the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders we are not going to be judged.”

– Czesław Miłosz

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