Correct thought process
My aim is to make the reader re-evaluate matters which they may have deemed quite insignificant, but which are actually the most important issues in their life. In doing so, the reader will have to keep their prejudices on hold until they have had a rethink of those standards which till now, they have accepted as absolute.
We must remember that whenever we approach any situation with prejudices, we are no longer able to make a healthy decision or reach a right conclusion about it. As a matter of fact, when we want to see something as right, we see it as right. We only see certain things as evil because we have already decided beforehand that they are so.
The odd thing about these prejudices and ideas is that they are rarely formed by the individual himself. From the beginning of their life, they are burdened with the countless prejudices that society instills in them. Family, friends and close relations determine their value-judgements the media especially have a great influence on making people’s attitudes toward certain subjects. Newspapers and television regularly misrepresent the right as unpleasant, unacceptable and even harmful, while showing the wrong to be good and desirable.
One who accepts these prejudices imposed by society, loses a great part of their personality. You act under the influence of others without realising, and do not behave with a free will or mind. Other people determine your behaviour, yet you think you decide for yourself.
The reader can therefore accept only the values that are shown to them as true. Moreover, when we consider that different societies with different cultural backgrounds happen to believe in different rights and wrongs, we can see that there is not much sense in following the belief of any given society without questioning it. By the same token, what is currently agreed to be wrong and immoral may well be considered acceptable in the future. Eating human flesh is very normal for cannibals, and obeying a crazy leader in a fascist society like Nazi Germany was absolutely right for the people who followed and supported him at that time. The number of examples are endless.
What we must stress is that operating independently from society’s conditioning, is conduct which shows the person is wise. Such a person is necessarily aware that the “values” imposed by society may be wrong and may lead to ethical dilemmas if adopted.
Religion - especially today- is one of the most important subjects about which countless prejudices are produced by society. The influence at least of some part of the media has formed many prejudices about religion, which are hard to overcome.
As a result of these prejudices in our societies, religion has become a concept which most people either do not consider important, or believe they do not need to think about, preferring to stay away from it as far as possible. People who fit this definition cannot be said, however, to have adopted such an attitude consciously. For them, religion is an irrelevant subject that is of no benefit to them. Again it could be laziness, ignorance or any given numer of reasons.
Indeed, such a person would never have given any serious thought to religion, not even for once in his life. He would probably never have thought seriously about questions like “What is the purpose of life, why do I exist? Why does the concept of ‘religion’ exist?” etc. For him, religion is a matter that generally concerns aged people, that presents some ethical values, but mostly entails many boring, tedious prohibitions and restrictions. He practices some of the religious rituals on religious holidays, and festivals and on some important days like the death of a relative, but he finds only a few of these formal rituals right and necessary and consider certain others as ancient and “outdated”. Although he usually does not deny religion, he tries, as we have mentioned before, to keep away from it as far as possible.
This wrong perception of religion originates from accepting ideas imposed by some part of society without subjecting them to independent scrutiny. However, reasoning and pondering on every aspect of life are very important issues for human beings, the power of reason being what makes them different from animals.
That is why we should use this spirit and intellect that is within us, that which makes us different from every other living thing. We must find out the reason for our existence, and if we are on the right path.
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