It is wonderful what you can do when you have to.
C. S. Lewis
But the educated public, the people who read the highbrow weeklies, don't need reconditioning. They're all right already. They'll believe anything.
Still, there's no denying that in some sense I 'feel better,' and with that comes at once a short of shame, and a feeling that one is under a sort of obligation to cherish and foment and prolong one's unhappiness.
A man who first tried to guess 'what the public wants,' and then preached that as Christianity because the public wants it, would be a pretty mixture of fool and knave.
That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended - civilizations are built up - excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and the cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin.
In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people's we do not accept them easily enough.