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Christina Thürmer-Rohr

  • The nihilistic conviction that human beings are meaningless, that life itself is meaningless, had taken on material form. Nuclear self-destruction was its logical expression, evidence of the absurdity of believing that human existence had meaning and purpose.

  • Morality is not tied to divine bookkeeping. God and humanity are not business partners checking out each other's claims.

  • Today everyone can see the full extent of the past and present atrocities on this earth. No one can any longer claim she or he didn't know anything — which was still occasionally plausible during and after the annihilation excesses of the Second World War.

  • Everyone speaks of peace; no one knows what peace is. We know at best a poisoned peace. No one has lived on an earth without weapons, without war and the threat of war on a large and small scale.

  • Whenever hope and illusion become the source of the will to live, all knowledge of reality becomes highly threatening, since at any time a new piece of information might remove the grounds for this hope. This is exactly the case now. When life is motivated by hope for improvement, denial of reality is necessarily renewed and fortified.

Christina Thürmer-Rohr, German psychologist