When Zarathustra arrived at the city, he saw an assembly of people gathered in a large arena listening and dancing to loud music. The crowd parted as he walked among them, observing his weird robe and remarkable shaft. Soon he stood under the bright lights on stage and the music stopped.
“Speak, speak! O, Zarathustra,” shouted the crowd.
So he held up his arms and spoke. “My brethren, I bring you word of great things to come. Lo, I see you worry about your future, but fear not. The people of Judea will destroy the nuclear factories of the land of Persia and your gasoline will virtuously cost ten dollars per gallon, as your leaders have always wanted. In this way, ye shall no longer pollute the Earth.
And the people thought he was jesting and smiled.
“Alas! There cometh a time when your leader will be impeached for ordering his soldiers to shoot down the flying wings of the Israelites, which they believed to be a despicable order and refused to obey.
“I tell you: Chaos will be short and one must have chaos to give birth to a dancing star.
“I tell you: Ye must change your goals. It is time to plant the germ of your highest hopes to distinguish yourselves from goatherds. “
One of the people called out: “We had heard enough! Let’s now have more music!” and all the people laughed.
Zarathustra looked at the people and wondered, “There they stand, there they laugh, they understand me not; I am not the mouth for these ears. Must one first batter their ears so they learn to hear with their eyes? So what is that distinguishes them from goatherds?”
And the people called out: “Verily, one no longer becometh poor or rich because he is too burdensome. Everyone wants the same, everyone is equal; he who hath other sentiments goeth voluntarily to the madhouse.”
Zarathustra looked at the people and said to his heart: “And now they look at me and laugh, and while they laugh, they hate me. There is ice in their laughter. So I shall not say more, lest they consider me a mocker with terrible jests.”
So spake Zarathustra and climbed back into the hills.