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A believer, sociologically, is someone who interprets whatever you say according to his own grid of doctrine, tries to standardize other people – fix them – so they fit that Procrustean grid, and only affirms you when you say something that he can identify as part of it. All your thoughts are either right/wrong, good/bad, healthy/unhealthy. In that sense, belief is sawing off your feet if they hang out over another person’s view of a limited world. Belief is the monster under the bed of thought that bites off your toes if they stick out.

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