I wonder whether some knowledge is too dangerous for the average person. The knowledge I’m referring to, often seems to be expressed in a form that is incomprehensible to most, with an entrance that seems designed to scare away the casual reader.
A case in point is Nietzsche. His oft quoted statement “God is dead”, out of context, raises many fears in the average person and leads them to believe that he is saying god is deceased. These people would discover that they had much in common with his reasons for this statement if they took the time to read and understand. They might even appreciate his analysis of the problem leading him to make this statement. But for these people, who are so easily scared away, Nietzsche must not be read. Who knows what they will do with the information and they may not have the disposition to be presented with the terrifying truth he reveals.