Walter Carey - Master Keys of Life & Death
The inhabitants of a certain country have always been travellers who journey towards a distant city. The roads are many, and numbers lose their way and perish. By orders of the King, a broad and easy road was therefore constructed, sign posts erected, an army of official guides trained to instruct and prevent wayfarers lagging or going astray. Originally these guides understood their work, and to avoid unnecessary delay, taught the energetic shorter routes; but as time passed on knowledge of the more difficult paths was gradually lost.