Why we need the Illumination of Conscience

“A nous (the heart of the soul) which deserts God becomes either bestial or demonic, and after having rebelled against the laws of nature, lusts after what belongs to others and his greed finds no satisfaction; he dissipates himself in carnal desires, and he knows no measure of pleasure. He wants to be honored by all, while dishonoring himself with deeds, and he wants everyone to flatter him and agree with him and co-operate with his opinions, and when this does not succeed he is filled with unrestrained anger. His rage and anger against those of the same race is like that of the snake. And he who was created in the image and likeness of God becomes homicidal and resembles the murderer Satan himself” (Gregory Palamas).