It is one of the great lessons of our study
that for the vulgar, ill- or uninstructed mind,
myths tend to become history
and there ensues a type of attachment
to the mere accidents of the local forms
that, on the one hand,
binds so-called believers into contending groups
and, on the other hand,
deprives them all of the substance of the message
each believes itself alone to have received.
All orthodoxies show this tendency in great or slight degree
and they are consequently mutually opposed.