Sigmund Freud – The Future of an Illusion (1927)

by vyh

Critics persist in describing as “deeply religious” anyone who admits to a sense of man’s insignificance or impotence in the face of the universe, although what constitutes the essence of the religious attitude is not this feeling but only the next step after it, the reaction to it which seeks a remedy for it. The man who goes no further, but humbly acquiesces in the small part which human beings play in the great world–such a man is, on the contrary, irreligious in the truest sense of the word.

(quoted in The Portable Atheist)