Demosthenes wrote:A letter written by Simkanin a few months after he was reincarcerated:
It's fairly depressing and pathetic stuff.
One thing that makes reading the letter so depressing for me is that this guy was so close to the end of his life and still had not figured himself out. He really seemed to believe, on at least some level, that he was on the righteous path -- as do many of these people.
The human capacity for self-delusion is very great. And, perhaps, none of us is "immune."