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?

@vishnu What’s mind boggling is that one person’s flower can be another person’s weed.

@vishnu I’ve been thinking about this since you posted it. I have to agree with @kg and ask: Who gets to decide what is flowers and what is weeds? Who gets to police the beds? I think it is unlikely that we could agree on one protocol, as much as the idea of such unity is appealing. I think the best we can hope to accomplish is a community garden type setting where we all garden in side by side plots.

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@Sonora @kg I agree. One person’s weeds is another’s flower. Policing other’s gardens is not my job. For me, I stop short of even “hoping to accomplish.” I see what looks like a flower, and I love it. I see what looks like a weed and I pluck it out of the ground.

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