Traditional church environments often select for a certain breed of cat. This can leave other cats feeling out of place. Since birds of a feather flock together, congregations frequently develop where those on the fringes feel unwelcome. Taking cues from psychoanalysis, Aldous Huxley and the words of Jesus, Carpenter proposes a way to think about how the subcultures within our churches develop and how this prevents the genuine pursuit of truth and beauty.
We become a slave to our point when we argue to our detriment. In some cases, one's whole life is about gathering support for a point of view that keeps us from experiencing the best of what life has to offer.