I demand unconditional love and complete freedom. That is why I am terrible.
Well, see and see but do not perceive, hear and hear but do not understand, as the Lord says. I can’t claim to understand that saying, as many times as I’ve heard it, and even preached on it. It simply states a deeply mysterious fact. You can know a thing to death and be for all purposes completely ignorant of it.
-John Ames in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead. Emphasis mine.