Monday, December 18, 2006

One of my Favorite LRH Quotes

I love The Way To Happiness. Written by L. Ron Hubbard, it is such a simple book, but it is packed full of the most useful guidelines I've ever encountered.

Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book:

Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others

"Tolerance is a good cornerstone on which to build human relationships. When one views the slaughter and suffering caused by religious intolerance down all the history of Man and into modern times, one can see that intolerance is a very non-survival activity.

"Religious tolerance does not mean one cannot express his own beliefs. It does mean that seeking to undermine or attack the religious faith and beliefs of another has always been a short road to trouble."

When I was growing up, my father's "religion" was no religion. He was convinced that religious was responsible for most of what is wrong in the world.

But his was a very short view.

No. Religion has provided the moral cornerstone of society. Literacy, at least in the West, was kept alive in monasteries that were trying to preserve their holy scriptures. Art, music, sculpture -- inspired to the highest pinnacles by religion.

What was wrong was not religion. It was religious intolerance.

And we are faced with so many problems again today coming from that same source.

But if we, as a civilization, want to thrive, this is one precept it would behoove us to adopt.

Factually, the society runs on men and women of good will. Public