Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Survey Results

For those who took or at least read the survey question from my last post, here are the results. I got 20 responses: 13 respondents (65%) understood the passage to be saying option #2, that the story was trying to make a categorical judgment about people who choose not to marry in the temple; 7 respondents (35%) chose #1, that it was a judgment limited to that specific case and not meant to be taken as a general rule.

This story is apparently ambiguous enough that people take very different things away from it (which actually reminds me of a post I did on the subjectivity of art). Be mindful of that if you use the anecdote in lessons, and maybe you'd do better to just pick a story that has a clearer message and is less likely to be understood in such divergent ways.

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