As the Viatlist Henri Bergson observed in his book of the same name, there are two sources of morality and religion. The first and most authentic is rooted in our direct experience as the children of a God who is neither a matriarch or patriarch, who loves us and wants nothing more than our love in return, for we were created to be his companions. The second source is the transmitted experiences of those who have had that direct experience, and seek to express the wordless and formless joy of God's presence. This second hand experience is always in danger of becoming a false replacement for direct experience, and can be easily manipulated to satisfy mankind's need for power, material wealth and physical gratification.
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