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  •  Actually, I explained it differently (5+ / 0-)

    The house is on fire, and the parents are trying to get the kid out of the house. The kid is throwing a fit and refusing to leave without fluffy. Even though fluffy is safely ensconced at grandmas, the kid refuses to listen, forcing the parents to drag him while he grabs onto the door, the stairs, the furniture...

    He's not going to win, the house is burning around them, and to top it off the kid is dead wrong, but that doesn't stop him.

    And when he gets out, the kid is going to blame his parents for not getting him out sooner.


    •  That's a great metaphor (1+ / 0-)
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      And all too true, no doubt. I was wondering whether they'll be game to try this again anytime soon and then I had to remind myself that they are not capable of behaving rationally.

      "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

      by MargaretPOA on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 05:08:09 PM PDT

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    •  That's the Burning House parable (1+ / 0-)
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      in The Lotus Sutra, which explains that you have to talk about what people think they want out of religion to get them interested later on in what real religion really offers, because at first it makes no sense to the irreligious.

      So, in a Christian version, you would talk about being forgiven and going to Heaven before bringing up The Imitation of Christ. Although there is the bit about actually repenting and doing your Father's will in there somewhere, that the pseudo-Christians don't want to hear about.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 07:23:25 PM PDT

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