Thinking tonight about how vitally important religion is for so many people in this world. All of the great traditions have sheltered so many hurting and afraid people for thousands of years. This is worth remembering when we feel the (rightful) need to tear it down or take it apart in pursuit of truth, beauty, and love.

In that, I think I’m wondering if and how religion can be seen as a bed of flowers to be weeded as opposed to a few flowers to be picked out of a bed of weeds. Thoughts?

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@vishnu Could we use @mike 's analogy about trees? All the trees blend into one canopy. Some trees are like the fig tree Jesus was always talking about- bearing sweet fruit. But some are like Bradford pears - no fruit, all show, break under stress. Nearly all the trees,even the fig trees, are plagued by pests like beetles, blight, galls. If you can choose which tree to climb, you can pick a fruitful one, and do what you can to rid it of disease (greed, exploitation, etc.)

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