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Shrink to extend
exercise in order to weaken
stabilize for revolt
give in order to receive
die to live.

This is the balance of nature

soft overcomes hard,
weak overcomes strong.

Like a fish below the surface,
power should remain hidden.

There are open and closed religious systems.
Open religious systems emphasize the common spiritual experience and journey, with less focus on systematic definition and orthodox practice.
Closed religious systems push faith and belief, requiring a common spiritual definition and strict adherence to their ideology.
Traditional atheism in the West has been a closed religious system that has pushed orthodox anti-theism. Freud, Marx, and O'Hair ... all promoted a we-them dualism that set atheist against theist.



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