I think a wonderful symbol of the Tibetan culture is the behavior of the stray dogs around their monastery. Most everywhere else I’ve traveled, stray dogs have been very skittish around humans. Here, they seemed right at home.
when did we replace the word “said” with “was like”
When it occured to us that “said” implies a direct quote, while “was like” clarifies that you mean to communicate the person’s tone and general point without quoting them word for word.
A part of human experience, at least in Western societies, is feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in fairly ordinary situations. The Protestant churches here in the city that I don’t like very much — the ones whose Gospel is infected, perniciously, with secular self-help ideology — recognize this, and respond to it by reaffirming people continually: God loves you! Believe in yourself!
Now I have found great comfort in God’s presence in times of trouble. But the only thing that has ever assuaged my quotidian self-doubt is a reminder of God’s majesty and power. To remember that the great reconciling of creation to God will happen no matter how limited my own abilities, to know that I am invited to bear witness to and consciously participate in this great reconciling — that pulls me out of myself. It removes the focus from where it shouldn’t be — on myself — and places it on others, on people I love and on God.
It’s hard not to see the constant affirmation of the self-help gospel as a vain attempt at justification, in every sense of the word.
"[V]iolence does not consist so much in injuring and annihilating persons as in interrupting their continuity, making them play roles in which they no longer recognize themselves, making them betray not only commitments but their own substance, making them carry out actions that will destroy every possibility for action."
— Emmanuel Lévinas, Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority (translated by Alphonso Lingis)
I have a problem with people saying that “strongly religious” means “conservative Christian” and that the best way for Christians to do life is to just be really casual about it because that assumes that
- religion is Christianity
- conservatives are Christians
- the problem with conservatives is that their beliefs are strong as opposed to that they are shitty
- that secular society has healthy interests that don’t need to be interfered with
- that my job as a person of faith is to be quiet about it
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