Great masses of church goers these days
live out their lives in a dull and loveless stupor.
Sensitive persons find the unquestioning manner of religious existence
oppressive and painful,
and withdraw from institutional religion.
I believe what we lack is joy,
the ardor that a heightened awareness imparts to life,
the conception of life as a happy thing,
as a festival,
not a religious preparation for
some reward in the after-life.
But the high value put upon religious compliance
as the most important objective of living,
is unquestionably a most dangerous enemy