“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” -Karl Marx
A quotation always has the possibility to be interpreted as the speaker did not intend. Although, quotations severely lacking context have a greater risk for misguiding those who come across said quotation. While the famous quote “Religion is the opium of the people” suggests a perspective with anti-religion tendencies, with context the meaning changes to something completely different, or at least takes on a greater depth and requires further examination. I’ve frequently consulted these words by Karl Marx in my spiritual journey, but just found that this quote and what it meant to me has been misguided. I am forced to reexamine my progress spiritually.
My post about this Marx quote from July 2011 can be found here.
For more context, read… Intro: A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right by Karl Marx