Faith's Common Thread

Faith's Common Thread

Plato's Gnat

by Janet Karasz

Once upon a time there was a greek philosopher who, by persistently asking his leaders questions, was nicknamed the "Gnat of Athens". He did not consider it a perjorative. By his example, all of us should from time to time challenge our core beliefs - asking ourselves what moves us to do what we do. If our fundamental principles include "do no harm" and "protect the weak", are our institutions and our own behavior proof to what we believe?

I imagined the precepts of various faiths as buttons on a string. This is how we are alike rather than what separates us.

Thanks to Karen Armstrong and her Charter for Compassion for the inspiration.

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