|Celibacy, fasting, penance, mortification, self-denial, humility, silence, solitude and the whole train of monkish virtues…Stupify the understanding and harden the heart, obscure the fancy and sour the temper…A gloomy hair-brained enthusiast, after his death, may have a place in the calendar, but will scarcely ever be admitted, when alive, into intimacy and society, except by those who are as delirious and dismal as himself.
– David Hume (1711-1776)
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