July 16th, 2009  |  Published in Religion

Nothing is as firmly believed as what we know least.  (Montaigne)

Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.  (Eric Hoffer)

The great human delusion is “The victimization of the present for the sake of an unknowable future.” (Isaiah Berlin)


The Zahir” by Paulo Coelho

Don’t be a prisoner of your own history.  The important things will always stay with you and you will be left with a great instinct that develops out of the various difficulties and tragedies that you have experienced. Don’t forget your dreams. Be an artist of life. And remember that even the wind cannot enter doors that are shut.

Human condition makes us tend to share only the best of ourselves, because we are always searching for love and approval.

“It was a lovely night, the streets were deserted, the bars and restaurants still full of life, and everything seemed calm and pretty, and yet suddenly – I realized that I was utterly alone. And that much suffering occurs when we want other people to love us in the way we imagine we want to be loved.”

We grow up in a world and with a religion that teaches us that people who are different to us are dangerous, that they belong to another tribe. That love is a small thing, enough only for one person, and any suggestion that the heart might be larger than this is considered perverse. That our religion knows the truth and that other tribes worship false gods. That we must never make our parents sad, even if this means making us very unhappy. We must kill for our country, wish away time so that retirement comes quickly, dress according to fashion, study things that we will never use and weep only in private.

And then our children should follow in our footsteps; after all, we are older and wiser and know the world.

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