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November 2006 – Issue 36/40



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Apples are blue.
 

If someone told me that most apples
are blue, I wouldn’t get upset.

I’d just
know that they are mistaken, incorrect, wrong. It
wouldn’t change my belief that apples are usually
red, sometimes green, and occasionally
yellow.

“Oh well,” I’d think to myself, “they
believe that apples are blue. So what?”

But
what about if someone told me that I am ugly,
stupid, egotistical, or something similarly
negative? As long as I know that these unloving
remarks do not really apply to me, there’s no point
in getting upset.

I’d simply think that they
had said something just as silly as apples are blue.

With love,

Some follow-up thoughts/questions. (Some of these
are addressed in the comments on the streetprophets site where the
article also went up last week.)

  • How strong is a
    person’s mind to decide what they choose to beleive? If you
    are told long enough by enough people that something is so,
    how difficult is it to think otherwise?
  • What does it
    matter to me what others say about me if I know that (the)
    God (of my
    understanding) loves me?
  • How do we hold
    onto a view of God that isn’t the one that is our parents’?
  • How do we hold onto knowing what it is that God
    wants from us when others are telling us God wants
    otherwise?
















With much love,








Rabbi Brian

Religion-Outside-The-Box




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