The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad:|
innate strength, upon your own capacity for faithfulness.
Of course you may be too much of a fool to go wrong--
too dull even to know you are being assaulted by the powers
of darkness. I take it, no fool ever made a bargain for
his soul with the devil; the fool is too much of a fool,
or the devil too much of a devil--I don't know which.
Or you may be such a thunderingly exalted creature as to be altogether
deaf and blind to anything but heavenly sights and sounds.
Then the earth for you is only a standing place--and whether
to be like this is your loss or your gain I won't pretend to say.
But most of us are neither one nor the other. The earth for us
Heart of Darkness