The serpent conjured up two illusions that hide the truth from us:
- an illusion that camouflages the sweetness of paradise from us and
- an illusion that sugarcoats the sourness of godlessness.
The illusions deceive us. They fool us into believing that up is down and down is up - that right is left and that left is right. The illusions foul up the engine of rationality and make it sputter and stall. Our rationality, when fed the adulterated fuel of illusions, steers us in the wrong direction.
When the illusions are shattered, the sweetness of paradise and the sourness of godlessness exit the darkness of illusion and enter the light of truth. They become visible to us. Rational people seek the sweetness of paradise and flee the sourness of godlessness. It is contrary to our self-interest to do otherwise. At the moment the illusions are shattered, we ask for directions from here to there - from godlessness to paradise. "How do we get there from here?" We look for the escape route. The shattering of the illusions transforms settlers into pilgrims. Settlers pull up the roots we have sunk deep into the hostile desert of godlessness. We become mobile instead of sessile. We start to move. We join the new exodus that is making its escape from slavery under the yoke of Pharaoh, through the valley of tears, to freedom with God and his holy family in the promised land.
The truth sets us free.
Our rationality, when fed the pure fuel of truth, steers us in the right direction.
Therefore, shatter the illusions. Shatter the illusions with the sledgehammer of truth. Shatter the illusions as the blow of a hammer shatters glass.