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Neither the religious leader nor the politician is interested in the people whom they pretend to lead. They are interested in being leaders ― and of course the leader cannot be without the led, so it is a necessity to go on promising the people things. Politicians promise them things of this world; religious leaders promise them things of the other world. But do you see any difference in what they are doing? Both are promising so that you go on following them, afraid to get lost somewhere else, because if you lose the path then you will miss the promise.
The promise keeps you with the crowd ― and promises don´t cost anything. You can promise anything. Promises are always for tomorrow, and tomorrow never comes.
From Darkness to Light, chapter 5