This god, this one word “I”.
we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone.
The Council of Scholars has said that we all know the things which exist and therefore all the things which are not known by all do not exist.
We have broken the law, but we have never doubted it. Yet now, as we walk the forest, we are learning to doubt.
And questions give us no rest.
We must know that we may know.
Many words have been granted me, and some are wise, and some are false, but only three are holy: “I will it!”
The Golden One stopped suddenly and said:
“We love you.”
But then they frowned and shook their head and looked at us helplessly.
“No,” they whispered, “that is not what we wished to say.”
They were silent, then they spoke slowly, and their words were halting, like the words of a child learning to speak for the first time: “We are one… alone… and only… and we love you who are one… alone… and only.”
quotes from “Anthem”, a novel by Ayn Rand.