Tag Archives: fear

Edifice complex

Most men fear not knowing. To settle themselves, they develop beliefs. When these are codified, churches erupt. The builders install gargoyles in the upper reaches to remind themselves of why they built them. (If there were no God, would men build churches anyway?)

Speaking to the deaf

Loyalty is not a virtue—unless omerta is, unless conformity, accommodation and codes of conduct are, unless the virtues are strategic, personal and exclusionary. Make no vows, Jesus said, speaking to the deaf.