A conversation “happened” the other day between believers in god, unbelievers, and those who cannot decide what they believe. The unbelievers scoffed; the believers took offense and affrontedness; the undecided remained confused.

I asked: Does it matter how or what one believes or does not believe unless what they think and do harms another without that other’s permission; does it matter so long as each is allowed by all others to choose their own pathway?

Arguments increased concerning the need to force, to coerce others into seeing the “light” according to one or another’s precepts. The unbelievers pointed fingers, saying, “See?!” The undecided retreated.

I asked the believers, still fighting amongst themselves, arguing their various “god-ways” and “gods,” what happened if and when all of them, unbeliever and believer, were proven right?

Eyes looked. Silence entered.

One small question from an undecided: “What do you believe?”

“I don’t believe. I know. For me. And what I know is that the answer is always yes and yes. What matters it that one among you chooses a more narrow path and another a broader one, while yet another chooses no path at all? Tao is.