Thus Bad Begins
...There are many occasions on which a No is the only possible answer and such a No clarifies nothing, is useless. It's the answer one would get whether it was true or not. A Yes can be useful sometimes, but a No almost never, especially when the subject under discussion is something ugly or shameful or when it's a matter of getting what you want at all costs or of saving your skin. It's of no value in itself. Accepting it is an act of faith, and the faith is ours not that of the person saying No. Besides, faith is a fickle, fragile thing: it stumbles, recovers, grows stronger, cracks. And is lost. Belief can never be trusted.
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