Huston Smith On Religion

Huston Cummings Smith (May 31, 1919 – December 30, 2016)

The fact that all the enduring traditions make the same claim on this point, and the claim being that everything proceeds from an absolute perfection. Now, let me pause on that. You know, the Taoists, the Tao -there is a being, wondrous, perfect, how quiet it is, how mysterious it is, everything comes from it, but it does not ask to be recognized. I do not know its name, so I call it the Tao, and I rejoice in its power. One can go from that to India, where Brahman is infinite awareness, infinite bliss, and then all the way over to the Semitic tradition where the ultimate -call it Yahweh, God, Allah -is a perfect, perfect being in which all power and virtue unite. You know, that’s a remarkable unity to have occurred, independently, to the human mind. And why are we still quoting them today? That view has lasted.