Blind Observance of the Law

     Like Jesus centuries before him, the Master warned people about religion because, left to itself, it sanctified the blind observance of the law.  This is how he put it:

     A commanding officer was asking some recruits why walnut was used for the butt of a rifle.

     “Because it has more resistance,” said one man.


     “Because it has more elasticity,” said another.

     “Wrong again!”

     “Perhaps because it has a better shine than other woods,” said a third.

     “Don’t be a fool,” said the C.O.  “Walnut is used because it is laid down in the regulations.”

– Anthony de Mello, More One Minute Nonsense