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Walking life’s path in our own shoes

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity.” Albert Einstein
I was once asked my religion and the question certainly made me think. I am very wary of labels. We use them all the time in order to make sense of the world and our place in it – putting things into neat little boxes seems to make life’s overwhelming variety a little more manageable. We humans have been labelling things ever since we discovered words and there’s no doubt that words have contributed to our evolution. On the downside, alas, labels have also been applied, to devastating effect, to individuals, communities, nations and races. Like fire, they are a useful tool but, as a weapon, can burn stereotypes into our minds and reduce our common humanity to ashes. The danger, too, …