That is, we wanted you both to know who and what Jesus and Gautama and Lao-tse and Shan-karacharya and Hui-neng and Sri Ramakrishna, etc., were before you knew too much or anything about Homer or Shakespeare or even Blake or Whitman, let alone George Washington and his cherry tree or the definition of a peninsula or how to parse a sentence.
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If you carefully parse her words, you will see that she did not say what most people think she said.
She gave up trying to parse his statement or his intentions.