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But to the superstitious man any bodily infirmity, any financial loss, the death of a child, a political failure or mishap is described as a blow from the hand of God, a daemonic visitation., He does not dare to relieve or dispel, to remedy or resist his misfortunes, for fear he may seem to be fighting with God and resisting his chastening. If he is ill, the doctor is sent packing ; if in sorrow, the door is shut against the philosopher's advice and comfort. Fellow, he says, let me pay my penalty ; I am irreligious, accursed, hated of God and daemon.
With an atheist who is needlessly distressed and miserable one can dry his tears, cut his hair, and change his dress. But how is one to address, or where is one to help, the superstitious ? He sits outside his hofiise in sackcloth, with some dirty rags about him : often he rolls naked in the mud, exclaiming about his sins and offences, how he ate this or drank that or walked along a road where the deity forbade. At best, if his superstition attacks him in a mild form, he sits at home fumigating and purifying himself, and the old women, in Bion's words, 'bring anything that turns up and fasten and hang it on him, as if he was a peg '.
I feel astonished when men say that atheism is irreligious but that superstition is not. What is your opinion ? If it is irreligious to disbelieve in God, is it not far more so to believe in the sort of gods whom the superstitious worship ? Personally I would rather men said that Plutarch had never existed and that he was not Plutarch, than that they described him as an unstable, changeable man, quick to anger, revengeful of accidents, annoyed by trifles, and declared that if you invite others to dinner and ignore him, or if you are too busy to come to the door and welcome him, he will grip your body and devour it, or seize your child and beat him to death, or send a wild beast into your crops and ruin your harvest. Timotheus was reciting a poem at Athens in which he called Artemis

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