There is no religion greater than human friendship

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We come not to a very important conclusion. There is no religion greater than human friendship. Now this conclusion should not be quoted out of text. it does not mean that people are greater than truth. It does not mean that we should worship humanity or individuals. In fact, I strongly oppose getting the idea of love and friendship mixed in deciding the attitude of the student toward the teacher, especially if the student cannot discriminate between physical love and platonic devotion.

Nor does the above mean that we should reject a particular religion, if it interferes with friendship. That which is meant is quite the opposite, in that a religion should not be found acceptable if it holds that human friendship as a principle should be cast aside. Strangely enough, this demand, if made, has to emanate from the mouth of another human, not a divine spirit. It has been a long time since man has received any messages from burning bushes or voices in the sky. So that to our knowledge, our whole spiritual education and help must come from other humans or their books.

by Richard Rose (March 14, 1917 – July 6, 2005)
from The Albigen Papers
chapter – Friendship and the Search
image – Hamed Saber

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