Well it’s my day off my day job and I am having a lie in. I hear the front door ring and arrgh I crawl out of bed and try to get to the door before they drop off a note saying come to the Post Office. And guess what there is an Indian looking Jehovah’s witness there. So I ask the question do I give him a lecture or do I listen to his? I could be one of those annoying get up your nose types as I do it every day as a salesman. But this guy stands there with his head dropped as if he is in sorrow with a book in his hand and you are forced to consider opening the door out of grief for him. So you open the door.
Next thing you hear is a polite sentence, that if you said “no” to you would feel guilty for the rest of your life. Wow what a salesman. He believed in what he was saying. So I asked him did he study history? Did he just consult other sources? This time I was polite and listening. He was curious. I told him to read Iranian history and how much we had written about all these truths well before anyone. How we kept the peace in our societies. How people found peace for themselves thousands of years before anyone. I then told him that if you steal my idea and then lie to say it was yours that is called plagiarism. I nearly got thrown out of Princeton because I did not do my footnotes properly. Heck The Bible has no footnotes! No referrences to The Zend-Avesta or anything else that is a lot older.
He had switched off at that point and had no come backs. So I used the statement that most people say to him to give him a chance to reply. You know the one about all wars being about religion. He then closed his book and walked away impolitely.
Later I had just finished taking my shower and was reflecting on this episode and I thought do we live to believe or do we believe to live? As a dualist the answer is both.