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First, a disclaimer.  I have no idea if Woody Harrelson ever really said this.   I can’t verify it at all.  That said, I don’t think it matters who said it, because it needs to be said.  It is a valid observation.

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Before I give you the quote, I should explain that in the video game this comes from, the characters call their world “Thedas”.  So, in the quote, every time you read Thedas, you can substitute Earth, and see if you agree that it applies to us.

“There is a danger to the natural order.  Legends walked Thedas once, things of might and wonder.  Their passing has left us all the lesser.”

“Yes!  Is Thedas so full of wonders that we should leave them to die, one by one?  Mankind blunders through the world, crushing what it doesn’t understand: elves, dragons, magic… the list is endless.  We must slow the tide or be left with nothing more than the mundane.  This I know to be true.”

Both of those quotes are verbalized by the character Morrigan, in the game Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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Here is another piece of wisdom gleaned from a video game.  This was found in the “Rise of the Tomb Raider” game, and was attributed to a disciple of a “prophet”.

“No man has ever told the truth about God, for no man can ever know.

There is more sacred in the heart of a farmer or soldier than in the hearts of lords and emperors.

We are all of us deceived by those that claim to speak on behalf of the creator.

No man speaks for Him, for His voice is the sky, the water, and the flow of the world.”

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Today I’m going to share something different.  It’s about a movie . . . you can consider it a movie review if you like.

My wife and I started using Netflix just shortly after it launched in the St. Louis area – a very long time ago, it seems.  In all of that time, to the best of my knowledge, the rating system has always had 5 stars as the highest rating.  To me – and this is my own evaluation – 5 stars would be a rating of “perfect, nothing to improve”.  I’ve almost never given such a rating, because we humans very rarely approach perfection at anything we make.  To narrow my criteria even further – most of the Netflix listings that I have rated at 5 stars were either a documentary or a drama that was based on real-life events.

So, imagine my surprise at recently rating a comic-book movie with 5 stars.  Yes, every review I’ve seen for the movie said it was awesome, but with my view that still only gets 4 stars.

What movie could have nabbed such a rare feat?   WONDER WOMAN

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Today, I want to share a quote I got from a video game character, which I think needs to be impressed on every person who is intolerant of beliefs that conflict with their own.

“Faith is of the heart, not the head.  When the heart is ungoverned by reason, charlatans have powerful tools to deceive.”  —  Sister Justinia, a non-player character in the video game Dragon Age: Origins.

The prime definition of faith is that it is a belief in something that can’t be proved – so it isn’t a fact.  Nobody’s opinion (or faith) is better than anyone else’s, no matter why you choose to place your faith in it.  And the beliefs of any religion should never guide governments in passing laws that put other faiths outside of the law.