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LUCIAN

Momus, the god of criticism, makes some suggestions.
HEAR, then, ye gods ; for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. You must know, I foresaw all this clearly-our difficulty-the growth of these agitators ; it is ourselves who are responsible for their impudence ; I swear to you, we need not blame Epicurus nor his friends and successors for the prevalence of these ideas. Why, what can one expect men to think, when they see all life topsy-turvythe good neglected, pining in poverty, disease, and slavery, detestable scoundrels honoured, rolling in wealth, and ordering their betters about, temple-robbers undetected and unpunished, the innocent constantly crucified and bastinadoed ? With this evidence before them, it is only natural they should conclude against our existence.
Or again, when they hear the ballads about our loves, our wounds, captivities, thraldoms, quarrels, and endless vicissitudes (mark you, we claim all the while to be blissful and serene), are they not justified in ridiculing and belittling us ? And then we say it is outrageous if a few people who are not quite fools expose the absurdity and reject Providence ; why, we ought to be glad enough that a few still go on sacrificing to blunderers like us.
And at this point, Zeus-this meeting is private ; the human element is not represented among us (except by Heracles, Dionysus, Ganymede, and Asclepius,I and they are naturalized) -at this point, answer me a question frankly : did your interest in mankind ever carry you so far as to sift the good from the bad ? The answer is in the negative, I know. Very well, then ; had not a Theseus, on his way from Troezen to Athens, exterminated the malefactors as an incidental amusement, Sciron and Pityocamptes and Cercyon z and the rest of them might have gone on battening on the slaughter of travellers, for all you and your Providence would have done.

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HEAR, then, ye gods ; for out of what is abundance of what is heart the mouth speaketh. You must know, I foresaw all this clearly-our difficulty-the growth of these agitators ; it is ourselves who are responsible for their impudence ; I swear to you, we need not blame Epicurus nor his friends and successors for what is prevalence of these ideas. Why, what can one expect men to think, when they see all life topsy-turvythe good neglected, pining in poverty, disease, and slavery, detestable scoundrels honoured, rolling in wealth, and ordering their betters about, temple-robbers undetected and unpunished, what is innocent constantly crucified and bastinadoed ? With this evidence before them, it is only natural they should conclude against our existence. Or again, when they hear what is ballads about our loves, our wounds, captivities, thraldoms, quarrels, and endless vicissitudes (mark you, we claim all what is while to be blissful and serene), are they not justified in ridiculing and belittling us ? And then we say it is outrageous if a few people who are not quite fools expose what is absurdity and reject Providence ; why, we ought to be glad enough that a few still go on sacrificing to blunderers like us. And at this point, Zeus-this meeting is private ; what is human element is not represented among us (except by Heracles, Dionysus, Ganymede, and Asclepius,I and they are naturalized) -at this point, answer me a question frankly : did your interest in mankind ever carry you so far as to sift what is good from what is bad ? what is answer is in what is negative, I know. 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