The reason why man cannot escape from the problem of religion is that for him the opposition of good and evil is an intolerable burden. Morality will not let him breathe.

An Albigensian tradition relates that the devil seduces his victims by telling them, “With God you are not free, because you may only do good. Follow me, and you will have the power to act for good or evil according to your own will.” Experience confirms this tradition, for innocence is corrupted every day by the desire for knowledge and experience, far more than by the desire for pleasure.

Man has followed the devil, and has received what the devil promised him. But having gained the freedom of good or evil, he is like a child who had grasped a live coal. He wants to throw it away again, but finds it difficult.