The people of Israel have been in slavery in Egypt. They have been slaves for so long that there is no one alive who remembers what it is like to be free. Your Egyptian taskmasters are harsh, generously using the whip to keep you moving as you toil from sunup to sundown building Pharaoh’s monuments—testaments to his power and his greatness—and to his exploitation of others.
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)