Ultimate Reality

“There are always those who take it upon themselves to defend God, as if Ultimate Reality, as if the sustaining frame of exsistence, were something weak and helpless. These people walk by a widow deformed by leprosy begging for a few paise, walk by children dressed in rags living in the street, and they think, “business as usual.” But if they perceive a slight against God, it is a different story. Their faces go red, their chests heave mightily, they sputter angry words. The degree of their indigntion is astonishing. Their resolve is frightning.

These people fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended, not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves. For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart. Meanwhile, the lot of widows and homeless children is very hard, and it is to their defense, not God’s, that the self-righteous should rush.”

 ~ Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

~James 1:26-27

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6 Responses to “Ultimate Reality”

  1. Maureen July 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    Great quotations.

  2. Jeanne Damoff July 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    Lovely. And true.

  3. Lainie Gallagher July 19, 2010 at 12:13 am #

    Great post.
    .-= Lainie Gallagher´s last blog ..Let Us Pray =-.

  4. Jake July 20, 2010 at 11:24 pm #

    Apparently, I need to read Life of Pi. That has to be the most intense way to communicate that observation I’ve ever encountered! Idiots– that we’d condemn another person for talking crap about God while we’re not taking care of those who desperately need it. Kathy, you bloody rock.
    .-= Jake´s last blog ..Life of the Believer Part 7- Sleeping In =-.

    • katdish July 20, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

      Yes! Please read it. I would love to hear what your take is on that book. Very philosophical. It’s one of those books where you read it to the end, then go, Hmmm….wonder if he was talking about what I thought he was talking about back in Chapter 12 or something else.

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