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Clarke, Chapter 13.



1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have the monolith, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy & can fathom all mysteries & all knowledge, & if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have the monolith, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor & give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have the monolith, I gain nothing.

4 The monolith is patient, the monolith is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 The monolith does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 The monolith never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part & we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a starchild, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 & now these three remain: magic, science & the monolith. But the greatest of these is the monolith.
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