Random Thoughts: On Philosophy and Cake

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Differing philosophies on religion, politics, and life in general are rather like cake. Cake is basically flour, water, and sugar mixed together, poured into a mold, and baked in an oven of some sort. The product is simple, unadorned, and delicious in its own right. The batter can be enhanced with flavors such as chocolate, lemon, orange, etc., but all are optional and don’t change the fundamental composition. It can be eaten as is, frosted, and/or embellished according to personal preference.

Many people like chocolate frosting. Among those folks, some like their chocolate frosting in creamy swirls; others prefer it heated and spread on the cake like the boiled chocolate icing my mom made while I was growing up.

Still other people prefer plain buttercream icing or flavorful concoctions such as lemon, orange, cream cheese, strawberry, coconut, etc. Some add fruit, sprinkles, nuts or other condiments. Christmas would not have been the same without my mother’s beautiful “Lane Cake” every year. It was plain cake frosted with several types of dried fruits, coconut, nuts, and brandy.

The point is that no matter how you adorn it or what you add to the original recipe, you still have a foundation of basic cake. Religion, politics, and life can be viewed like that cake. I’d say most people tend to like cake, but some don’t. Who am I to try to force it on them? Some people like plain buttercream icing and can’t or won’t eat chocolate. Who am I to insist they must eat chocolate or any other flavor of frosting just because I prefer and believe it is best?

If I am Catholic and you are Protestant, Christian or Muslim, etc., who am I to say that God favors me above you or vice versa? In politics, who am I to claim that my political party has God’s endorsement over yours? I don’t think this way. These are differences of opinion born of our limited human understanding. I see God as far above these petty human squabbles. Isn’t it just possible that He designed us with the ability and tendency to choose different points of view because He’s more interested in seeing how we love and treat each other in spite of our differences?

To continue the philosophical analogy, I would say that God must love all kinds of cake. After all, He is the one who envisioned the many variations in the first place!

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Cynthia Williams Bowen, MS, CCC-SLP owns Bowen Speech-Language Therapy, LLC in Clearwater, FL.  Cyndee provides quality, creative, collaborative treatment to adults and adolescents with communication,
swallowing, Parkinson’s, and related disorders.

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