Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. To get rich.
Q. In what way?
A. Dishonestly, if we can, honestly if we must.
Q. Who is God, the only one and true?
A. Money is God - gold and greenbacks and stocks - father, son, and the ghost of the same - three persons in one: these are the true and only God, mighty and supreme; and William Tweed is his prophet.
Mark Twain, 1871, "Revised Catechism"