Religion does not have a monopoly on truth.
They recite their sacred books, although [the fact informs me]
that these are fiction from first to last
0 Reason, thou [alone] speakest the truth. Then perish the fools
Who forged the [religious] traditions or interpreted them!
A rabbi is no heretic among his disciples,
If he sets a high price on stories which he invented
He only desired to marry women
And amass riches by his lies.
Softly! Thou has been deceived, honest man as thou art,
By a cunning knave who preaches to the women.
Amongst you in the morning he says that wine is forbidden, but
He makes a point of drinking it himself in the evening.
Source : "The Meditations of Al-Maʿarri", Studies in Islamic Poetry (1921) by R. A. Nicholson
Humans are amphibians—half spirit and half animal. (The Enemy's determination to produce such a revolting hybrid was one of the things that determined Our Father to withdraw his support from Him.) As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. This means that while their spirit can be directed to an eternal object, their bodies, passions, and imaginations are in continual change, for to be in time means to change.
Their nearest approach to constancy, therefore, is undulation—the repeated return to a level from which they repeatedly fall back, a series of troughs and peaks. If you had watched your patient carefully you would have seen this undulation in every de-partment of his life—his interest in his work, his affection for his friends, his physical appetites, all go up and down. As long as he lives on earth periods of emotional and bodily richness and liveliness will alternate with periods of numbness and poverty.
The dryness and dullness through which your patient is now going are not, as you fondly suppose, your workmanship; they are merely a natural phenomenon which will do us no good unless you make a good use of it.
One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. So now people assume that religion and have a necessary connection. But the basis of morality is really very simple and doesn't require religion at all. It's this: "Don't do unto anybody else what you wouldn't like to be done to you." It seems to me that that's all there is to it.
Christianity is called the religion of pity. — Pity is the opposite of the tonic affects that heighten the energy ...