Utopia is nothing if not the belief that future pleasure can be purchased through present suffering.

Religions project reason into their symbols, and thus, when only the symbols remain after a time, the signature of reason is lost. The symbols themselves are scoffed at by people who place importance in reason alone, which they perceive to extract from symbols provided to them by the punitive matrix of the state, of culture, and of their secular ideology. They stand too close to their own secular religions to ascertain the level of nonreason to which they've been subjected.

Is there anything more chilling than nobility? In almost all cases, it frames the event of a great crime a family committed long ago.