Czeslaw Milosz: “Religion used to be the opium of the people. To those suffering humiliation, pain, illness, and serfdom, religion promised the reward of an after life. But now, we are witnessing a transformation, a true opium of the people is the belief in nothingness after death, the huge solace, the huge comfort of thinking that for our betrayals, our greed, our cowardice, our murders, we are not going to be judged.” 
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1. Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right.
2. , "Discreet Charm of Nihilism" (The New York Review of Books, November 19, 1998); HT- Always Be Ready