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NAILING THE CHRISTIAN QUESTION
—Curt Doolittle you nailed the Christian question for me. I try to imitate Christ as best I can, and believe it as “true”…in the sense of a way to live, an archetypal truth and not necessarily the literal kind. It doesn’t matter to me whether it all literally happened, I have no way of knowing that.”—Zach Matto
Which is the optimum interpretation.
It is hard to be a better ‘average person’ than by imitating ‘christ’. I suspect there is none better.
You will be a better person doing so than any other character you might imitate. Because it is the optimum prisoner’s dilemma strategy for every single human as well as for any human group. That’s just science.
But if it must be ‘true under law’ instead of an archetypal optimum (perfection really) then we cannot end the people who destroy our people.
I sort of look at it this way: demandit it to be true is demanding others to do for you what you want.
Demanding it to be the optimum means of conducting your own life is demanding you do for others.
This is my understanding of Christianity:
0) the life of piety: all life is sacred until proven otherwise.
1) the eradication of hatred from the human heart.
2) the extension of kinship love to non-kin.
3) the demand for personal acts of charity and personal cost, 4) the extension of exhaustive forgiveness before punishment, enserfment, enslavement, death, or war.
My ‘ask’ is to limit this charity to ingroups in order to prevent virtue signaling by failing to take care of those neighbors you look down upon.