„Elephants can remember, but we are human beings and mercifully human beings can forget.“

—  Agatha Christie, Elephants Can Remember

Origine: Elephants Can Remember

Ultimo aggiornamento 03 Giugno 2021. Storia
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Contesto: The correct description is that we try every day to become more humble when we talk about divinity, we try to realize how little we know and how open minded we should be. It's self centered to think that human beings, as limited as we are, can describe divinity.

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Variant: We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
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Variante: We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

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