orthodoxy

“All the weak and undeveloped minds in every religion or country have only one way of loving their own ideal, and that is to hate every other ideal. Herein is the explanation of why the same man who is so lovingly attached to his own ideal of God, so devoted to his own ideal of religion, becomes a howling fanatic as soon as he sees or hears anything of any other ideal.

This kind of love is somewhat like the canine instinct of guarding the master’s property from intruders; only the instinct of the dog is better than the reason of man, for the dog never mistakes its master for an enemy, in whatever dress he may come before it.”

— Vivekananda, Bhakti-Yoga.

There are an awful lot of people in the history of the world that believed their way is the only way to freedom, and anyone not making the same choices as them deserve slavery of some kind, death or inquisition. The irony seems to be that the belief that there’s only one acceptable path to freedom is paradoxically a kind of slavery itself, and also seems historically to end with heinous acts of genocide.

If that dust they shake off as they leave is the crust of such intolerant hubris, I’m sure they’re equally happy to go.

Unless I’ve misunderstood your point, I for one hope you’re never in a position to make that call for me or anyone else. I’d willingly join the army raised to fight against you if you were.

I’m sure every act of injustice and slavery has begun with a similar statement of hubris about a single acceptable path to freedom.