I retaliated [against the calf worshippers] by visiting on them all manner of mischief, but I concluded, after some centuries of chronic relapsing on their part, that rage and punishment was not the best way to hold a clientele. It is only the most primitive of mortals who is swayed by that sort of thing.
Those who worship God for the hope of gaining, theyre not real worshippers, theyre merchants. Those who worship God out of fear (of punishment), theyre slaves. And those who worship God to be grateful towards their creator, they are the free people, and their worship is a real one.
I get paid for seeing that my clients have every break the law allows. I have knowingly defended a number of guilty men. But the guilty never escape unscathed. My fees are sufficient punishment for anyone.
You are now bearing the punishment for the shortcomings of your world. Here, as in your world, there are benighted people who cannot tolerate thinking about things they are not accustomed to. But you realize that you are being treated here the same as there. If someone from this world came to yours with the audacity to call himself a man, your learned men would stifle him for being a monster or a monkey possessed by the Devil.
We are living even now among punishments and ruins.
You don't seem to appreciate the seriousness of your position. I defy anyone to live in that cell for a year and not appreciate the seriousness of his position. Yet the State has harsher punishments. You threaten like a dockside bully. How should I threaten? Like a Minister of State, with justice! Oh, justice is what you're threatened with. Then I'm not threatened.
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