Phebe Davidson, Articles of Faith
ARTICLES OF FAITH
The Archangel has no childhood, and so may watch the children
of men a long time without understanding what is not in him to know.
The Archangel has no memory and no need of memory. Knowledge
rises in him as it is required, then it disappears.
Without memory humanity is nothing.
Humanity asks the wrong questions. It need not know the name of God
nor the speed of light. It wastes its time in physics and metaphysics.
The Archangel asks and answers:
What is forty days and forty nights?
It is the duration.
Humanity cannot accommodate essential knowledge and is thus untroubled
by its absence.