If you think about it, you were born into a world populated by the dead, because every one of them will die one day.
Virtue is imaginative. Evil, repetitive.
What we're talking about here is goodness, mercy, and justice- and those are not fantasies. They'll exist whether you believe in them or not. However, if you believe, then you'll put your beliefs in action; and if you act you will help ensure that evil doesn't triumph. But only if you act.
People hide truths about themselves from themselves. Such self-deception is a coping mechanism, and to one extent or another, most people begin deceiving themselves when they're children.
Recognizing the structure of your psychology doesn't mean that you can easily rebuild it.
On a small table beside his chair were other haphazardly stacked volumes by such poets as Emerson, Whitman, and Wallace Stevens, a dangerous crew to let into your head.