While the structure and the bare content of prophetic consciousness may be made accessible by an attitude of pure reflection, in which the concern for their truth and validity is suspended, the sheer force of what is disclosed in such reflection quietly corrodes the hardness of self-detachment. The magic of the process seems to be stronger than an asceticism of the intellect.... In the course of listening to their words one cannot long retain the security of a prudent, impartial observer.
Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Prophets (xvii)
Let justice well up like water,
Righteousness like an unfailing stream.
And they shall beat their swords …