The Oracle in hand had been remanded into service by dimensionally
zealous scholars, overseeing bureaucrats and activists who claimed
they had divined from their review of the Akashic Records
that the cosmic history therein was biased toward innumerable
inferences deriving from innumerable premises
they did not hold.
So, on authority they claimed was absolute, descending as they
claimed it did from fundamental existential laws of which all energy
and matter were the constituted product, they proceeded
to abduct the Oracle, coerce her into lecturing
the Universe about its vast egregious sin: in short,
to make her scold.
But he or she or it who tries to force an Oracle to speak
can never win. Perhaps we should be grateful
that we didn’t hear what, had she talked,