A Meditation on Faith: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Experience teaches me again and again that popularity is an unreliable indicator of truth, beauty, and goodness.

Experience teaches me again and again that it is easy to underestimate the ways and degrees to which the actions and opinions of others affect my thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Experience teaches me again and again that we are all vulnerable… and that anyone who thinks himself immune to so many social pressures is making a fatal mistake.

And so, my faith is credible only to the degree that I inoculate myself from becoming the predictable product, for better or worse, of the habits, customs, commandments, prohibitions, rewards, and punishments that engulf me.

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