What is a king without fear of the oracle? And what is an oracle without fear of the king? For surely, my lords, the king needs the oracle; to at first beg for and later acknowledge the absolution of the divine, the purpose of the tyrant and the warlord within a cosmos whose cruelty he knows all too well. But the king knows that the oracle is not divine... it is a muddy mess, natural superstition, the habit to laugh more freely in the sun than the dark... but the king knows, from the start or eventually, the oracle needs him. And there are always more oracles... for the king needs only the god, not the man. so the king dances for God, and God dances for the king, and the wheel turns, grinding the inevitable definition of both by their mutual captivity...
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This quote was added June 7, 2008.