Else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another.
Do I not know beforehand that not possibly can he say a new and spontaneous word? Do I not know that with all this ostentation of examining the grounds of the institution he will do no such thing? Do I not know that he is pledged to himself not to look but at one side, the permitted side, not as a man, but as a parish minister?
Well, most men have bound their eyes with one or another handkerchief, and attached themselves to some one of these communities of opinion.
"If I know your sect, I anticipate your argument."
"Certainly any one [Emerson? the Self?] who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices."
But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion authenticity?
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