Every con man who has ever lived has fooled the rubes, the suckers, the hicks, with the following phrase:
“Things are not as they appear.”
Did God give us eyes or did Evolution give us eyes? God or evolution, the reason we have eyes is because things ARE as they appear.
What a con man does to a hick, a rube, a moron is to get something from him for nothing.
So he says, “What you get from me APPEARS to be nothing. But things are not as they appear.”
Somewhere in me there is a Bob Whitaker who screams in rage when I take organized religion seriously. That Bob says:
“Preacher, if you mean what you say you will be like St. Paul and make tents for a living. Preacher, if you are serious you will be like St. Peter and work for a living.”
Somewhere in me is a Bob Whitaker who says, “No, Family Values or Equality or We Owe it to So-and-So means nothing.”
When you preach at me, the Diplomatic Bob Whitaker pretends to take you seriously.
But inside me there is a voice saying, “I am not a moron. I am not a hick or a rube or a professor or a New York City provincial. I am Bob Whitaker, and what you are saying doesn’t mean a damned thing.”