10/5/05

The opium of the masses

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." - Blaise Pascal

Today, that quote means something much different than it ever has for me before. I will always remember today as the day that my hope in religion has been restored. And what happened today? Externally, nothing. Just a little revelation.

An explanation will do no justice, except to say that I suddenly have a confident belief that religion can and does bring far more truth, beauty, and goodness, into the world, than the opposite. How blind our lack of communion makes us!