In this dialogue, the two principles discuss religion that is not violent or odd in any way. And neither of us are odd in any way, we sometimes take ourselves seriously because we are afraid of being different or misunderstood.
Michael: It is refreshing to see a philosopher who is different and stands up to bigots and racists. Someone who employs reason to understand and be understood. Yet, we are different, each in his or her own way. And we are proud to be ourselves. Sometimes we get a little too serious or say things we do not mean.
Modern Day Philosopher: Yes, I said Jainism is a harmless lot and we need not worry about them because they are pacifists like Gandhi, and vegetarian and always bending down looking at the ground so ‘they’ don’t step on a bug.
Me: Yes, well, I’m sure you are not proud of calling non-violent people, pacifists. And like Gandhi, have a humility and passion to allow humanity to reach beyond their grasp and strike them. In this non–violent way they continue to fight for freedom that is best for all.
MDP: I am sure I did not understand or saw how silly I was behaving when I said this about the ancient religion of Jainism. And Gandhi was not a pacifist. He stood up to the colonialism of the time to free the nation of India with the help of all the people.
Me: Yes, sometimes, I do not see my difference when I play or turn away from myself or others. Yet, we all do harm to ourselves and others. We are only human and we have accidents and make mistakes.
MDP: Yes, and we all deserve a second chance, if only we would take it.
Me: I agree, and Jainism shows us all a way to take a second chance. Humanity is lucky to have 6 million people practicing these kinds of principles in their lives.