|Posted by johnwaisman on January 21, 2013 at 1:55 PM|
I've known people from all walks of life. All reglions. All beliefs. Atheists, agnostics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, you name it, I've known them. Some of them think they're the only ones who are right. I once asked a preacher to explain how everyone can think they're right, when logistics says that only one of them can. He proceeded to explain how only he was right.
Which was why I had my protagonist, Detective Logan, approach a nun in my novel, Anecdotal Evidence, and talk to her about the above conundrum. In the novel the nun said, "I'm just an old woman and I still don't know the answer, but I do know that you have to love God with all your heart and all your soul." In the novel Logan gave the nun a twenty he had in his pocket. In real life when I had that same conversation with a nun, I only gave her a one, because that was all I had with me. The nun hugged me. And if I remember right, the nun in Anecdotal Evidence hugged Logan too.
The bottom line is that I accept all people from all walks of life, and so does my protagonist, Detective Logan. Obviously he got that from me. I've seen good people from each belief system, including atheism, and I've seen bad people from each belief system. As Martin Luther King would have said, "Judge a man by the quality of his character." Amen to that.
Hope you all have a great day.