To oppose something is to maintain it. They say here 'all roads lead to Mishnory'. To be sure, if you turn your back on Mishnory and and walk away from it, you are still on the Mishnory road. To oppose vulgarity is inevitably to be vulgar. You must go somewhere else; you must have another goal; then you walk a different road... To be an atheist is to maintain God. His existence or his non-existence, it amounts to much the same, on the plane of proof. Thus proof is a word not often used among the Handdarata, who have chosen not to treat God as a fact, subject either to proof or to belief: and they have broken the circle and go free. To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most useful in times of stress and darkness.

Ursula K. Le Guin

from 'The Left Hand of Darkness'
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