“Over the course of history, more pain and suffering have been inflicted by zealots attempting to impose their religious, political, and moral beliefs on others, than any other cause. More people have been killed in religious wars and inquisitions than any other conflict (except fights over the remote control). Those who claim God is on their side alone are indeed alone.
The propensity to proselytize springs not from divine inspiration, but emotional insecurity. God loves, allows, appreciates, and respects. Impotent self-esteem seeks converts. In his book New Seeds of Contemplation, Christian mystic Thomas Merton wrote, ‘One of the first things to learn if you want to be a contemplative is to mind your own business. Nothing is more suspicious, in a man who seems holy, than an impatient desire to reform other men.’
One who has discovered truth does not demand that others agree.”
Alan Cohen, in “Why Your Life Sucks…And What You Can Do About It
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