"Laughter kills fear and without fear there can be no faith. For without fear of the devil there is no need for God"
A heresy is an opinion whose expression is treated like a crime. One that makes some people feel not merely that you're mistaken, but that you should be punished. Indeed, their desire to see you punished is often stronger than it would be if you'd committed an actual crime.
Having ideas in a world where some ideas are banned is like playing soccer on a pitch that has a minefield in one corner. You don't just play the same game you would have, but on a different shaped pitch. You play a much more meek & subdued game even on the ground that's safe.
"Truth is not what you want it to be, it is what it is. And you must bend to its power or live a lie"
In a world in which everyone and everything is superficially connected online. Where there are an estimated 30 billion more cameras than people. And where “influencer” is an actual job title. Style is easily confused with substance and fame for faithfulness.
It's as the assumption that “the newer is the truer" and only what is recent is decent. That every shift of ground is a step forward and every latest word must be hailed as the last word on its subject. But that's no more than the manipulative reasoning & logic of the acolytes who gladly embrace the snob appeal fallacy with no resistance nor questioning.