It seems like there is an interesting play here, but I can't quite get a grasp on it. Somehow, Iluminated Arkat was able to be a sequential fanatic. First he believed X absolutely, then Y absolutely, without any hint that he previously believed X absolutely. Although cynics might say that he believed nothing in particular, I think he is far mor einteresting and credible if he was The True Believer in each instance. Chalking this ability up to some form of illumination or mystical insight feels right, but I can't see the mechanism. It is almost like he moved horizontally between two truths, neither of which were terribly transcendant.
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