I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you …
Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge.
– Frankenstein; in Mary Shelley’s book of the same name
(didn’t know she was married to that Shelley, the poet!)
So there we have it. Be careful what you wish for. Achieving one’s dreams may end up warping one’s mind. The road to success could just as well lead us to put aside our dignity, our humanity, our integrity in order to reward the soul’s desire. How else to explain Goldman Sachs, or Lance Armstrong who corrupted his sport to win seven Tour medals or Julius Caesar who by his estimation killed a million and became a god or even Zeus, already a god, who overthrew his own father, Kronos, to rule the heavens? Lord, have mercy! And while the Christian or Mohammedan may surmise that evil is sure to be punished at the final judgement, the evidence for God and his supreme court of justice is non-existent. What is man left with?