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I picture a scientist, a shinto priest, a rabbi, a catholic bishop, a daoist and an atheist sitting in a room. Each looks at a big white square and reports how many dots they see.
The scientist emperical evidence proves only 1 dot and says such. The zen monk says, I believe you need to study koan more to reach enlightenment – having reached enlightenment, I see more than 1 but less than 3 – you will know what that means if you meditate more. The rabbi declares with certainty that there are 3 dots – anything else is clearly false idolatry. The Bishop pipes in and says “Lord please save these people from the lies of the Devil – help them see the truth of 4 dots.” The daoist says nothing, knowing that to speak would be to cloud the truth of simply being 5 dots. The Atheist wonders how irrational – what kind of person ignores the logic of seeing 6 dots, but says nothing – sick of being lectured.
God looks down and thinks “soon they will see the entire cube as the die it is”
Sort of misleading I realize, but the heart of it is this. Is there any religion, science or any given perspective that is absolute or are we all just arguing over matters of incomplete perspective?
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