It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973)British writer, poet, philologist, and university professorThe Return of the King (1955)

TITLE, POSITION, AND AUTHORITY ARE NOT ONLY ACCESSORIES; they are beguiling ones. In the long run, they don’t pay. In and of themselves, they are meaningless objects of worship. Writer David Foster Wallace described it thus:

In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as ...

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