Going Mental on Unclean Spirits

There are sceptical thoughts, which seem for a moment to uproot the firmest faith; there are blasphemous thoughts which dart unbidden into the most reverent souls; there are unholy thoughts, which torture with their hateful presence the fancy that would fain be pure. Against all these some real mental work is a most helpful ally. That “unclean spirit” of the parable, who brought back with him seven others more wicked that himself, only did so because he found the chamber “swept and garnished,” and its owner sitting with folded hands: had he found it all alive with the “busy hum” of active work, there would have been scant welcome for him and his seven!

— Deacon Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), taken from Lewis Carroll – A Biography.

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