' Ignoring the Divine '...
A child wrenched young from home and brought up during many years at a distance will fail in knowledge of its father and of itself:
the souls, in the same way, no longer discern either the divinity or their own nature; ignorance of their rank brings self-depreciation;
they misplace their respect, honouring everything more than themselves;
all their awe and admiration is for the alien, and, clinging to this, they have broken apart, as far as a soul may, and they make light of what they have deserted;
their regard for the mundane and their disregard of themselves bring about their utter ignoring of the Divine.
-- Enneads, V.1.1.
Posted by thomas meehan