FATHER: Well, I let you talk me into including logical hierarchy as criterion, but it may be that both numbers 6 and 7 simply follow from the others. DAUGHTER: Okay, but now look where we‘ve gotten. If something like secrecy – an uneven distribution of information within a given [[p_086]] system – is a necessary characteristic of mental s ystems, then we won‘t make the mistake of attaching value to it. You won‘t be tempted to make it the hero of the piece, and I won‘t be tempted to make it the villain. There‘s a parallel political issue with hierarchy, too. As a matter of fact, I can take that a step further. What if certain kinds of secrecy do in fact function a s markers for the sacred, but that‘s because ―the sacred‖ is a way of coping with certain epistemological problems – maybe necessary ones? FATHER: Are sacred secrets perhaps designed to be revealed? DAUGHTER: Yes, of course! The initiate gets whipped by masked dancers, then the dancers take off their masks, turn out not to be gods, and the initiates put on the masks themselves – and that whole sequence is what makes it possible to live with some fact of life. Secrecy is just a piece of it … but it‘s one of the ways to make revelation possible. FATHER: I‘m reminded of Tolly‘s whole presentation of concurrence at Burg Wartenstein. You remember, concurrence gave a sort of intellectual bridge Kommentar [d31]: Note – interesting detail of the last chapter of Mind and Nature .