Radical religious extremism is like bad breath: it’s impossible for those with it to smell their own condition. But others can smell it plenty!
The Essence of all Religion
The Golden Rule is the fundamental moral principle found in virtually all major religions:
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” ~Moses
“What you do not wish upon yourself, extend not to others.” ~Confucius
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” ~Jesus
“Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.” ~Muhammad
And yet, all religions have extremists who repeatedly strive to break this Golden Rule.
All religions, that is, except one…
Santa Claus as Religion
There are people who are convinced that Santa is real. There are people who are sure he’s only make-believe. Unlike with other religions, believers and nonbelievers aren’t killing each over the truth about Santa Claus.
So, how can you tell when you, or someone else, have crossed the thin line between embracing spiritual traditions and violating common standards of ethics and recipocity?
Have no fear, because the
Santa Claus Test for Radical Religious Extremism is here!
Whenever you, or someone else, refers to deity or dogma in conversation, replace said deity or dogma with “Santa Claus” and see if you sound Assholian.
From Hard-boiled Dreams of the World