And of course, it’s much broader than Pakistan.
Any religion taken to extremes becomes a scourge. My ideal world would stand on two legs: logic and the Golden Rule.
Logic includes science.
The Golden Rule includes everything from the Sermon on the Mount to the philosophy of John Rawls.
For color and comfort and community, inspiration, and richness of feeling, my ideal would would embrace the wonderful stories and traditions it already does, that I, too, cherish. Just not taken literally. (What: are we crazy?)
And do you know who should be the first to teach that distinction? Priests and rabbis and mullahs and monks and ministers and madrassas.
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Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.~Teddy Roosevelt, 1902
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