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Steve Goodier Wisdom: A Cure for Intolerance

September 15, 2020 by admin  
Filed under Steve Goodier Wisdom

In this inspirational article, master storyteller, Steve Goodier, shares a key piece of life wisdom . Enjoy!

Intolerance is an infectious social disease. It has always been prevalent and is usually spread by fear and misunderstanding. It sometimes infects religious communities, too. Mark Twain noticed it in his daytime. He said that he built a cage and put a cat and a dog in it. After a while they learned to get along. Then he added a bird, a goat and a pig. After some adjustments they, too, got along. Then he added a Baptist, a Presbyterian and a Catholic. Soon there was nothing left alive in the cage.

Back in 1534 Abbot Paul Bachmann wrote a virulent anti-Protestant booklet titled “A Punch in the Mouth for the Lutheran Lying Wide-Gaping Throats.” Not to take it on the chin, Protestants responded with a treatise by Court Chaplain Jerome Rauscher titled “One Hundred Select, Great, Shameless Fat, Well-Swilled, Stinking Papistical Lies.” And the disease spread.

A funny story tells about a little girl in parochial school who said to her teacher, “I want to be a prostitute.” The nun fainted. When she was revived, she ask the child to repeat what she had said.

“I said, ‘I want to be a prostitute.’”

“Oh, thank goodness,” her teacher said, relieved. “I thought you said you wanted to be a Protestant!”

Not all people are infected with intolerance, however, and there are signs of change.

A woman once told me that she came from a religiously eclectic background. She said she appreciated all of the churches she had belonged to. “Nobody does liturgy like the Episcopalians,” she enthused. “Their liturgy is beautiful. Nobody has better traditions than the Roman Catholics. I LOVE all of the traditions celebrated by Catholics. Nobody can save you better than the Baptists! They are expert evangelists. And, I believe, nobody has more enthusiasm than Pentecostals. I LOVE their spirit! And nobody helps you grow like Methodists! They really know about spiritual growth.”

She got it! We’re all important! And you can probably add to her list from your own faith background and religious experience.

Together we can eradicate the disease of intolerance from the face of the earth. I sit on two interfaith groups consisting of most of the faith communities in our city. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists… a wide variety of perspectives. We work together. We cooperate. And we’re building lasting bridges of trust and harmony. Why? Because it’s the way to curb the spread of intolerance and cure this disease forever.

We know how to cure it. Together we can do it.

© Steve Goodier. All rights reserved.
Steve Goodier’s books & newsletter: http://LifeSupportSystem.com.

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