Some Philosophies Have A Few Things Figured Out

But Most People Don’t Understand They Are Blinded Assuming Their Chosen Religious or Political Philosophy Is The Only True Way

By chance I came across this quote from Steve Allen just earlier, though I first saw it aired on television right after the 9/11 attacks – maybe the next day or so;

“…and no philosophy, sadly, has all the answers. No matter how assured
we may be about certain aspects of our belief, there are always painful
inconsistencies, exceptions, and contradictions. This is true in religion
as it is in politics, and is self-evident to all except fanatics and the
naive. As for the fanatics, whose number is legion in our own time, we
might be advised to leave them to heaven. They will not, unfortunately, do
us the same courtesy. They attack us and each other, and whatever their
protestations to peaceful intent, the bloody record of history makes clear
that they are easily disposed to restore to the sword. My own belief in
God, then, is just that — a matter of belief, not knowledge. My respect
for Jesus Christ arises from the fact that He seems to have been the most
virtuous inhabitant of Planet Earth. But even well-educated Christians are
frustated in their thirst for certainty about the beloved figure of Jesus
because of the undeniable ambiguity of the scriptural record. Such ambiguity
is not apparent to children or fanatics, but every recognized Bible scholar
is perfectly aware of it. Some Christians, alas, resort to formal lying to
obscure such reality.
Steve Allen in “The Courage of Conviction

Couldn’t be put any better. If you look at your religion or politics as absolutely true, if you never hear the other side and think “that’s a good point” or your faith truly unwavering – you are probably the fanatic – and lying to yourself. The rest of the world wouldn’t care except that you are the first to take up arms to defend those beliefs. Trading ideas for violence is never the right way to go.