1. I am too old to know that I have written it before.
2. I think you need the repetition.
Here goes a possible repetition. Over the years (more than 60 of them), I have heard the following nonsense:
“That is your belief. This is mine.”
“That is true for you, but not for me.”
This conversation can be about atheism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, homosexuality, and all kinds of religious beliefs or immoral practices.
One of the first of these remembered conversations was in the home of a family in Sasebo, Kyush. It was probably in October, 1950. It was with their college-age daughter, Suziko. We had been talking about the Daiutsu in Kamikura (idol Buddha). We were seated on the tatami at a low table. We were talking about the time this giant idol was made and about the prayer wheels in front of the idol.
A prayer wheel is like a roulette wheel. It has many little posts on the perimeter of the wheel. The worsh…