"The wisdom of the ages has been encapsulated in what are commonly known as the proverbs. ¶Rhudyard Kipling called these codes and proverbs 'The Gods of the Copybook Headings,' and described with prophetic insight, what happens when they are scorned and rejected."
On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller life (Which started by loving our neighbor and ended by loving his wife) Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith, And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The wages of sin is death." As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man-- There are only four things certain since Social Progress began-- That the dog returns to his vomit and the Sow returns to her mire, And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wobbling back to the fire; And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins, When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins, As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn, The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return! --Rhudyard Kipling
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