The Offense is Committed in the Mind of the Offended
When we identify with a religious following or take pride in our nation, we cut ourselves off from humanity as a whole - antagonistically creating a false sense of other. When I say (without a qualifier like "scholar"), "I am a Hindu", or "I am a Muslim", or "I am a Buddhist", or "I am an Atheist", or "I am a Christian", I am thinking
Of course, those who identify will say this is not true. They will say there exists no contradiction when they proclaim the identity encapsulating their beliefs or take pride in a country. They speciously call this "faith" or "patriotism" and derive much personal satisfaction in doing so. They say it is the "extremists" - not them - who are the
Other than the outward need to carry a passport, why have any inward sense of belonging? Why identify with the nation, a savior, prophet, or guru?
I heard this question the other day regarding the reaction to the Mohammed cartoons -
"Wouldn't you be offended if your religion was ridiculed?"My religion?
The offense is committed in the mind of the offended.