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“You stand at the threshold of the Temple of Mota, Lord of Lords . . .

“He could not recall such a god, but it did not matter. These sallow creatures had a thousand strange gods. Three things only do slaves require, food, work, and their gods, and of the three, their gods must never be touched, else they grow troublesome. So said the Precepts for Ruling.”

–Robert Heinlein, The Day After Tomorrow (1949)

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Amusingly, “mota” is border Spanish for marijuana.

The quote itself is quite reminiscent of Edward Gibbon’s comment in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire:

“The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the peopleĀ as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful.”

 


Edward Gibbon

“The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the peopleĀ as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful.”

–Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

 


Edward Gibbon

“A nation of slaves is always prepared to applaud the clemency of their master who, in the abuse of absolute power, does not proceed to the last extremes of injustice and oppression.”

–Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire