"You shouldn’t murder, steal, rape, or act in a manner that restricts the freedom of thought and action of others without good reason. You should do your best to be a good and honest friend, citizen,family member and neighbor. Restricting the growth of reason and imagination in any form of life is anathema. Evolution of your own spirituality and reason is a desirable goal for everyone and you are responsible for your own development not some priest or educator." -Me
"You're the most beautiful and tragic person I've ever met."I was told this by a lovely psychopath.
“If I take a lamp and shine toward the wall, a bright spot will appear on the wall. The lamp is our search for truth, for understanding. To often we assume the light on the wall is god. But the light is not the goal of the search, it is the result of the search. The more intense the search, the brighter the light on the wall. The brighter the light on the wall, the greater the revelation upon seeing it. Similarly, someone who does not search, who does not bring a lantern with him, see nothing. What we perceive as God is the byproduct of our search for god. It may simply be an appreciation of the light, pure and unblemished. Not understanding that it comes from us. Sometimes, we stand in front of the light and assume we are the center of the universe. God looks astonishingly like we do or turn to look at our shadow and assume all is darkness. If we allow ourselves to get in the way, we defeat the purpose, which is use the light of our search to illuminate the wall in all its beauty and all it flaws. And in so doing better understand the world around us.”
– G’Kar: Meditations on the Abyss