Zeus now addressed the immortals:
"What a lamentable thing it is that men should blame the gods and and regard *us* as the source of their troubles, when it is their own transgressions which bring them suffering that was not their destiny.
Consider Aegisthus: it was not his destiny to steal Agamemnon's wife and murder her husband when he came home. He knew the result would be utter disaster, since we ourselves had sent him Hermes, the keen-eyed Giant-slayer, to warn him neither to kill the man nor court his wife. For Orestes, we we told him, was bound to avenge Agamemnon as soon as he grew up and thought with longing of his home. Yet with all his friendly counsel Hermes failed to dissuade him. And now Aegisthus has paid the final price of all his sins."
Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
This does not bode well for my plan to transform Britain into a one-party theocracy.
Let us hope that patience and perseverance as well as good fortune and perspicacity will be enough to allow me to achieve my object before too much longer.