"More and more we are finding that
mythology in general though greatly contorted very often has some
historic base. And the interesting thing is that one myth which
occurs over and over again in many parts of the world is that
somewhere a long time ago supernatural beings had sexual intercourse
with natural women and produced a special breed of people."
The Universe is the Practical Joke of
at the Expense of the Particular,
Frater Perdurabo, and laughed.
But those disciples nearest to him wept,
seeing the Universal Sorrow.
Those next to them laughed, seeing the Universal Joke.
Below these certain disciples wept. Then certain laughed.
Others next wept. Others next laughed.
Next others wept. Next others laughed.
Last came those that wept because they could not see the Joke,
and those that laughed lest they should be thought
not to see the Joke,
and thought it safe to act like Frater Perdurabo.
But though Frater Perdurabo laughed openly,
he also at the same time wept secretly;
and in himself he neither laughed nor wept.
Nor did he mean what he said.