Fool the Prophet
Once upon a time a Prophet said unto the people, “You are saints and heroes. Our exceptional nation is a blessed haven of justice, liberty, prosperity and learning. We are a light unto the world.”
The people agreed, and they said, “We’ve done enough.” So they closed factories, ports, universities and the Assembly. Roads grew weeds, bridges fell, sewers leaked, and a dark age began.
Later another Prophet said unto the people, “You are pigs and maggots. Our mediocre nation is an accursed hive of villainy, tyranny, poverty and ignorance. We are a disgrace before mankind.”
The people agreed, and they said, “We must do better.” So they built sewers, roads, bridges and factories; they opened ports, universities and the Assembly; and a golden age began.
Moral: Damn braces, Bless relaxes.