And Mopping Up What?
- never mind the doctrine — that can be rationalised;
- nor the deities (principles?) — their wrath can be dared or deferred;
- what matters is to convince the rulers, redirect their wrath into profitable channels, and their vainglory into the most desirable investments in temples (institutions?) and public veneration.
- As long as you can sustain that for long enough, any sequel is someone else's problem: après nous, le déluge!