When one faces a dearth of information – especially about one’s god – one is almost certainly bound to look elsewhere. Dubious sources are not excluded from such a search. Now, imagine if one’s god has worshipers functionally no different than itself – worshipers who are no different in potential – merely in capacity. Gods in embryo. Their father is dead, or as good as – and has shown himself to have feet of clay, besides. Their god is silent – and seemingly just as dead.
When one believes one has found the culprit behind that god’s silence, well; woe betide him, and her too, when it comes to things of consequence, when they are placed in circumstances requiring fortitude and strength of mind, if she have not resolution enough to resist idle interference. It is the worst evil of too yielding and indecisive a character, that no influence over it can be depended on. You are never sure of a good impression being durable; everybody may sway it. Let those who would be happy be firm.
There is no such fanatic as a convert, newly made. From such grow the seeds of extremity. Let the reader understand.
Where angels might have sat
enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing. No
change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any
grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has
monsters half so horrible and dread.
They are Man’s