Faith is fused with identity. I am what I believe. As a result, the discovery of a truth opens new worlds and changes my character.
What, then, is the danger of conversion, trying to bring others into truth? It is this. To convert is not to open up new worlds. Instead, its aim is to destroy old ones, leaving the converted in a land not their own and dependent on us, their human saviors.
Do you see that proselytizing is patronizing? That it is a way for us to lord over the less-enlightened? That it objectifies?
Too often, we seek to convince people that they must exchange their boxes for ours. This is sin. Our aim, instead, must be to help them tear holes in their boxes, to see the light of day, to enter this new world as free men and women.
But first, we must work on tearing down the walls of our own boxes. After all, the beam must be removed from your eye before you can take the speck of dust from your brother’s.
we seek to convince people that they must exchange their boxes for ours