A pulled quote from ‘Life of Pi’ that I had to share

Posted on 18.06.2011

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This book was truly a great read. I just entered it over on my books page, but I’d like to share a large quote from the book that I really enjoyed. It’s about religion from a man who was raised Hindu, but felt the need to try out Christianity and Islam as well (he became a full practitioner of all three).

There are always those who take it upon themselves to defend God, as if Ultimate Reality, as if the sustaining frame of existence, 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 indignation is astonishing. Their resolve is frightening.

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 defence, not God’s, that the self-righteous should rush.”

I think that’s pretty brilliant. And for a man with three religions, it’s pretty all-encompassing of each of them. Why do any of us need to choose just one? Why do we need to fit neatly into a box labeled on the outside with just one religion? Well said, sir.

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