What are the things that keep us from seeing other things as they really are?
It's amazing how things can be right in front of us and we can't see them for what they are. I am convinced that one of the most destructive examples of this is created by religion. When we make god the center of it all and our perception is off, let's just say the potential for big problems becomes very complicated. Dangerous extreme confidence in this area, especially when in most cases people perceive god to be angry, and above all other things, committed to holding people responsible for their "wrong doing," we end up feeling justified playing the role of that god in other people's lives.
In the book The Shack, the chapter Here Comes Da Judge does such a wonderful job describing this destructive pattern and then it is immediately followed by the chapter In The Belly of The Beast which paints a picture of ways this then plays out in our everyday lives.
Things aren't as they might seem to us humans, and with that being the case, this has become something so important for me to remember.