I have another “courtesan” class, where I am paid to have intelligent conversations with powerful men. This dude has a quote from Nietzsche, that he typed and printed out on a piece of paper, hanging on the wall behind his desk. It is something about humanism, and sympathy and support being a waste of time– this guy of course printed out the Spanish, and I am trying to figure out what it is in English (so I can maybe talk about it with him in a future class).
I stumbled upon this one in the process:
The church is precisely that against which Jesus preached — and against which he taught his disciples to fight.
And it reminded me of something way interesting that happened while Laura and Jae-Young were here. We were checking out the Aztec ruins by the Zócalo, Templo Mayor, and these ladies came up to us speaking English. We knew they were selling something. “Do you ever wonder what happens to you when you die…?” Yeah, we’ve all heard that, at least where I’m from.
Anyway, I try to respect what I perceive as the sincerity of people whenever this happens, and we heard her out. As we did, she read us a passage from Ezekiel (thank you Samuel L Jackson/Tarantino for making it possible for me to remember which book…).
The passage basically said that when you die you cease to exist.
And that was all. She concluded, “so this is what the Bible tells us.”
Mind not blown until after she walked away and Laura confirmed that yes, this woman did actually just use that as a reason to persuade us to read the Bible.
I think that approach is seriously pretty brilliant.