Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Gods with hooves--it could happen!

If cows and horses had hands, they would depict their gods as cows and horses.
- Xenophanes of Colophon, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher

We can only describe things by what we know. We can't describe something we can't even imagine.

So we describe our god(s) as being like us. It gives us comfort to believe that God created us in his own image, even though we have no other way to determine what his image might be.

Trouble arises when we step beyond what comforts us personally to persuade others that what we believe should be what they believe. That is a way of dominating others, not helping them.

Another way is to criticize others based on our own self-created beliefs. That is nothing less than bigotry.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help people see differences.
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