Paradox of Religion and Politics

July 26, 2017

They say, religion and politics are inseparable. Yes, they are. Being inseparable does not mean that they do not have fundamental differences, which should be carefully studied and analyzed, as they also have varied natures and characters as per the context of their interactions and communications in the processes of life; one observes in their dealings with the human way of life in which both have similar things in common, they also have basic differences as well.

This differences make this world to have contradictory aspects and way of life in which what one preaches in one’s way is found to be contradictory and in conflict with the other. Society could get confused and perplexed at the end of the day as one tries to understand on what these two aspects and ways of life claim.

Everyone in this world is shaped by paradoxical aspects of life in which peoples’ mentality and thinking is designed in way contradictory realties dictate since everyone is molded by conflicting aspects and realities of life that govern and administer this world and life in general as well. People behave and think according to the way they are designed and programed in which such programing do mainly affect people’s reality.

This world is maintained and governed by two powerful forces. The first one is politics and the second one is religion. Both shape this world to date. Both have similarity as the have opposites too. Both are responsible and accountable to the successes and failures this world has undergone to date.

Every society has its own ideology which molds society in its own fashion and style that is governed by political leadership. Such leadership is accountable and responsible in shaping is respective citizens within its own domain. As such way of life is going on, generation come s and goes by the way such political machinery designs society on what it should think and how it should behave. And one of the processes such political machinery designs education and its system.

In such process of life, everyone is trained in schooling to be best and number one so that everyone shall be great citizen of society. In this process of life, everyone is trained to be ego centered, self-centered, ambitious that creates all kinds of attachments to the things of this world so that one should possess everything so that one can have good life. In this case, attachments to the things of the world that do give birth to fear and anxiety as people lose them are on stage.

To the contrary, as most people belong to any religious doctrine and as they go to any religious places they are advised and preached to stay and be humble, they should do not exalt oneself from the other, they should detach themselves from the things of the world and the like. In this process of life, most people are shaped with contradictory mentality and thinking in every day of their life since both forces shape peoples life.

Contradiction becomes the nature and characteristics of life in this world since what people do for living and what people do to make life go in way they want it to go have different features and aspects and such people are forced to show different thinking and personality in their given life and reality as well.

When one ponders this aspect, both forces have their own respective institutions in which they work together in order to shape the respective citizens that belong in their given domain. As such drama of life is going on, both have their own differences in terms of ideology and motive and objective as matter of fact that they have diverse nature and character as well.

Religion clams connection with the divine whereas politics is an ideology formulated by the human mind and this very nature of their given character put them in fundamental and irreconcilable differences since religion has no definite owner and author as it is claimed by something by the divine whereas politics is human made one. Both in general have significant differences as per their given nature and characters as they have similarity too. Followings are few:-

  • Religion claims power from the divine whereas politics claims power by the rule of law
  • Religion claims of perfection whereas politics admits it makes mistakes and is imperfect
  • Religion emphasizes on the power of faith, but politics believes in proofs and reason
  • Religion emphasizes on forgiveness whereas politics try to work on justice
  • Religion depends more on individual and institutional infallibility, but politics do not
  • Religion gives value to humbleness, but politics give importance to ego and ambition

In such and other related differences they have, both shape human society in many ways as they are found working together, and they do have great impact in shaping on how society should look like that make this world to live with such contradictory mentality and thinking as they have similarity and something that can be integrated and harmonized as well.

This makes the world to live in politically religious mentality as it is also lives with religiously political mindset in which most people do later on find out that this world lives with confused and mixed mentality in which similarity and agreement is considered as means of testifying validity of something which do lead to misleading and deceptive idea that whatever ideology that meets their given individual and societal agenda is correct and true.

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The Deviance—Thinking or Behavior

July 22, 2017

Understanding what people think on what they feel and behave is important and essential since everything originates from thinking and people are affected and influenced by on how and what they think. Behavior is reflection and result of what people think since people behave in way they think and thinking shape people’s emotions, feelings and behavior as well.

Behavior is mostly affected by thinking and feeling in which people behave based on what they think. People reality is shaped upon won what they think than any other thing since feelings and behaviors are mostly dictated by thinking.  If one does not think, one does not exist, but what could vary is the magnitude of thinking and the type of things people think which is dependent upon people’s personal exposures and experiences in life.

Someone thinks that everyone is better at school than me. Hence, someone feels frustrated and hopeless, since it is the original thinking that affects one’s behavior than any other matter due to the fact thinking shapes one’s behavior and the way one feels in here as well. If one thinks that one is brave, same is reflected in one’s feeling and behavior as well.

Accordingly, norm is created as more people are into common thinking and behavior in which such norm dictates most people in that given social dynamics. Norm becomes governing factor in terms of what people think and behave since most people do practice. Norms are thinking and behaviors that are adopted thru process of time and most people do practice due to their conformity to common practice. Conformity does not mean that such practice is absolute and perfect since conformity does not guarantee the truth.

Hence, people deviate from the norm for many reasons. The first one is does to the fact that they have psychological or mental problem; the second one is they want to express their own thinking and feeling in their own fashion; the third one is they want to reflect certain human stations in life such as the monasticism in which people deviate from the norm in order to achieve something and be someone in life.

People deviate for both good and bad reason and motives since they have something in common in which such common thing, be it good or bad, that make such people to dwell and reside in similar realm, deviation. In both cases, people show different thinking and behavior than what the norm states due to the fact that such behavior is originated due to internal and external factors which individuals face.

The internal factor is due to individuals’ health condition and status; the external factor is due to ideological factor in which such individuals are shaped and dictated. In the first factor, people change in thinking and behavior as result of their given health  failure in which such people need more care and protection than any other thing; in the second factor, such individuals are dictated by the ideology which they practice and promote.

There is a different and third factor, which is far from both factors, in which there are individuals who arise to change their respective society in their own way and they have their own personal own convictions and determinations to change the society which they belong into new and different settings. In this case, people deviate not to follow others ideology and thinking, but promote their own ideology and thinking as matter of their own faith and conviction they have toward something.

Deviance is an absence of conformity to these norms. Social norms differ from culture to culture. For example, a deviant act can be committed in one society that breaks a social norm there, but may be normal for another society. Deviance, in cases, is a reality that exists between the truth and norm in which people also deviate since they have something new and different to deliver.

For instance, keep your shirt on! may be a frequently heard idiom in the U.S. But if one is traveling in South Korea, it is a smart piece of advice for men. Yes, even at the beach. In Japan and South Korea, tipping workers is an insult whereas in many other countries such similar act is considered as incentive.

In countries like Ethiopia, Rwanda, Japan, and many others, eating outside household, hotel, and restaurant is considered as rude where as in many other western countries, it is just normal. Asking questions like what you do in the Netherlands is considered as insulting where as such question in many other countries is not a big deal and many people see it as normal way of communication and they do not get bothered as well.

The point is why do people deviate in normal way, not in abnormal way. Few other reasons could be as follows:-

  • To question the integrity of social dynamics which they belong
  • To express their dissatisfaction and disagreement
  • To show disrespect to the dynamics of society where they belong
  • To tell something to the society since they think that society is wrong
  • To deliver certain perspective to the future
  • To express their own personal thinking and feelings in their own way
  • To express their fear and frustrations on the existing systems of life

For whatever and whichever reason people deviate, it is with such kinds of deviations from the norm that shape this world into greater and better world than ever.

The Ignored Deviance

July 20, 2017

Deviance is defined on Wikipedia as any behavior that violates cultural norms. Norms are social expectations that guide human behavior. Deviance is often divided into two types of deviant activities. The first, crime is the violation of formally enacted laws and is referred to as formal deviance. The second type of deviant behavior refers to violations of informal social norms, norms that have not been codified into law, and is referred to as informal deviance. Examples of informal deviance might include: picking one’s nose, belching loudly, in some cultures, or standing too close to another unnecessarily, again, in some cultures.

There is the third one which is forgotten to mention in here is a thinking or behavior which is assumed as deviance in one given community or society or century, but it is something that is considered as governing thinking or behavior at later time or age due to the passage of time in which few thinking are borne before their time and the become governing due to the passage of time as they become the need of the age or time too.

The origin of deviation traces to the tensions that are caused by the gap between cultural goals and the means people have available to achieve those goals. When culture and social dynamics is in conflict with what individuals think and practice, deviation is born, but the magnitude and potency of such deviation is what determines since as such deviation becomes wider and its circle becomes bigger, it becomes to be common and more people become into it so that they can achieve something in common and it will not be considered as deviation since another norm is created.

For example, the life and thinking of Jesus Christ at the Jewish setting is purely deviance from the Jewish society in which Jesus abrogates the law of the Sabbath of Judaism and he also preached about the theory and practice of forgiveness than a law that ruled for an eye for an eye. Such teachings of Christ are deviations from the norm, teachings and practice of the Jewish society and that is why he was crucified since his teachings were not acceptable in ha given social dynamics and time as well. But, things have changed a lot in today, such teachings become governing ones in these very days in societies and communities where his teachings are accepted.

Most great teachers and activist of societies are good examples of such kinds of deviance since they have something new and different concepts and teachings, but, they are considered as deviance; they in later time become governing and leading ones due to the fact that they deliver something that time shall tell and reveal. Time shall tell for everything since whatever deviance people do is not deviance as there are also true deviances that are good for nothing but they are other deviances—necessary and useful—that are worthwhile too.

Those promoters and implementers or members of any given societies do negate and want destroy such few people who arise to change that given something to different direction due to the corruptions or other failures such social systems do face go on trying to destroy them, but such few and determined people keep going without stopping on what they want to deliver due to the fact that they have inside conviction which cannot be promoted or advertised by any other promotional or advertising agencies since they have something natural, and things that surround them go on in natural way.

What such few people undertake is not movie or theater or concert which should be promoted, but they have something natural task which they deliver to themselves and whatever circumstances they face, they endure with faith, tolerance and determination so that what they carry out will be accomplished in its natural way, not by the support of promoters or other agencies too. They become corrupt as other forces and agencies try to propagate and promote them since the original intention and motive of such people determination becomes dirt and corrupt as money and other people’s motive and drama is entered.

It is such deviations that make such few people to achieve something in their given life and undertaking in which their rejection of what norm delivers to them is not acceptable to them and as matter of fact, they could be considered as mad or abnormal since they do not accept on methods, approaches and practices of life on what the norm dictate.

The point in here is that deviation affirms norm as true and correct standard even if the norm deviates from the reality. The underlined fact in here is that deviance assumes that society is correct since it has already established standard even if it is wrong, without checking the integrity and accuracy of the standard itself. And it is not possible to state in here that the touchstone society formulates bases upon truthful and correct ingredients that enable such norm to have perfect and complete components in establishing its own standards to testify and check the integrity of new and different thinking and behaviors as deviance or not since the standard itself needs to be checked out before it measures other things or matters.

People deviate from the norm not only, due to peoples’ own failure in meeting standards and obligations that are set within that given domain, due to ignorance and knowledge, in which there are certain deliberate lies and deceptions that could go around the bush within a system, due to change and shift of mind and thinking of that given person’s capacity and understanding in which a certain person could deviate in thinking and perception due to certain reasons that augment one’s capacity and capability in perceiving realities and understanding of different aspects of a given matter, but also, due to firm conviction and determination people have established within their own life, but the system does not meet individuals or peoples’ requirement due to its failure and incapacitation.

Who is Infallible

July 13, 2017

Few concepts that exist in this world are like rainbow thing that is on the sky in which such rainbow exist as combinations of color as people see it from one direction, but as people change their standing direction, such rainbow does not exist. This is to mean that there are concepts that are governing since people live in any given setting or domain, be it society or community, such given concepts are no more governing and leading as people stay out of them and they are no more concepts, but they could exist as part of the game or jokes which people have ever heard and they take lesson from such experiences of life until they find another and different ones that could convince them more and better.

And hence, people have been intriguing with certain concepts that are already installed in the human way of life and the human frame as well. It becomes impossible to think further, question or doubt such give claims or concepts since such claims do not exist as concepts but also they have military, police and other forces that protect them as they become happen to become life and death thing as matter of faith and principles of life.

Such concepts do help humanity in certain way bit they also make many people to live under stress and fear as many people are not allowed to ask as to the accuracy and truthfulness of such concepts due to the fact that questioning the integrity of such concepts could lead to the destruction and extinction of certain ways and systems of life. Hence, people are forced to listen and watch than talk something different in matters related to such concepts as eyes and ears are allowed but tongue is forbidden to speak about it in certain way.

This makes the human way of life depressing and tricky too since people find their own way out in order to remove stresses which life have delivered by their own good time and way. And none can prevent anyone from such way out since people start questioning the integrity and accuracy of any given concept with its compatibility with passage of time and its dire need as well. As any concept becomes incompatible with the need of the day, due to its failure and its impracticability, people change their mind and should find their own way out in their own.

One of the interesting human dram and politics this world has undergone to date is the idea and question of infallibility in which many people have been perplexed with such given claim and they live with confused mindset on the claims individuals and institution make such as the idea of being infallible.

What is the point of being infallible in world imperfection and contradiction is the nature and characteristics of life in this world? What is the motive and drama behind such given claims? Who cares at this point of life that one claims that one is infallible or not?  Is such infallibility deliver piece of bread, paying one’s bill? What is the point behind such given claim?

Most people who live in such camp of infallibility have dual faces; the first one is the face and feature of accepting such given claim which authorities such as institutions or individuals does since they get used to belong to certain community or society, and they prefer to seek group identity and personality; the second one is the idea and thinking that germinate in the private room which everyone gossips to oneself, since they observe failures and mistakes in such claim, in which such thinking is considered as doubt and put such people to be under the  faithless camp and category.

Frankly speaking, is there any one, be it person or institution, infallible? I do not think so. Such way of thinking is originally defined with the intention of asking the mass to submit its freedom of choices and freewill under jeopardy since the mass surrenders its rights and freedoms to the few, such as institution or individual.

This is also one of the best ways of hypnotizing individuals and the public at large since such given thinking make the mass to be powerless and choice less, and they give everything they have to such authorities without compromise. It is way of paralyzing what society thinks and feels about itself since, by doing so, society makes itself destitute unless and otherwise it receives some kind of support from such authorities or people too.

The idea of infallibility is derived from the fear of being questioned or investigated for any given failure and mistakes an individual or institution commit since such fear from being questioned is an idea and sense of being dictator one can feel and think. If one thinks that one is infallible, even if one commit grievous errors, one still think that one if perfect and right, which is one o the psycho disorders people or institutions face due to the fact denial becomes an identity of such kinds of individual or institutions too.

And it is possible to tell the look of such communities or societies as they think and believe in such way, in which such way of thinking do make such people to think and behave in abnormal way and abnormality becomes the becoming nature of such kinds of systems of life and those people who belong to such given way of life and systems since they fight against the reality and the truth than any other people or thing. They deny everything and they justify that every mistakes and failures they commit as if they are correct and true. They live tricking and deceiving themselves and they do have foolish and imprudent personality and features.

While such human drama is going on, one wonders as to why such given claim is necessary and essential since there is agenda and purpose behind such given claim. Why do such authorities think and feel that they are infallible? The followings could be few good reasons:-

  • To make that given claim work and go right
  • To create sense of obedience to the public at large to authorities
  • To paralyze the idea of freedom and rights, by submitting to such authorities
  • To kill the idea and practice of freewill and choices of individuals
  • To avoid confrontation and deviations within the domain—misinterpretations
  • To make the mass think that there are only few chosen people from time to time
  • To continue the process of that given claim until the end that has no end
  • To orient and direct the public at certain direction
  • To make the mass think that it is ignorant on certain subjects and matters
  • To induce fear, anxiety and ignorance within the mass
  • To create some sort of norm in the community or society such concepts reside
  • To make the mass helpless by its own and make dependent upon such authorities
  • To program the minds of the public at large with similar mindset
  • To make the public at large powerless
  • To make others think that only such people are gifted of the divine
  • To make others think that only few people have perfect communion with the divine

As such claim is going on, many people in today ask the authenticity of such claim and people start murmuring against such claim while others do it in loud way. This depends on the degree of integrity, honesty, courage and detachment which people exercise on the matter of faith and principles of life which people dedicate in order to obtain certain understanding and perception of life. This is happening in every land.

In world where mistakes and failure are hobbies in peoples’ daily routine life, be it institutional or individual activities and undertaking, to think of infallibility is something that deserve further contemplation and mediation since the very nature of such given claim make people to fall under mistake and failure ad mistake since there is none, even God, that is infallible to date. If God is infallible, all such catastrophes and corruptions and other unseemly things could not occur since as everything and everyone is the creation of perfect creator, similar or something similar should be reflected on the side of every creations too.

It is indeed time to reflect and ponder on different aspects of this world, to verify existing concepts towards their accuracy, usefulness and necessity, at least, for the sake of thinking, to check and verify their compatibility with today’s world and to the need of the age, than go without even asking on what has been inherited from past beliefs, thinking and way of life; it is indeed time to go against the wind, not by force or violence, but by quite deep contemplation and meditation, to change different aspects of this world to better and nicer one as well.

Rebelliousness with peaceful means and methods is worthier and necessary condition and requirement of life to change this world than futile obedience that let the world go with thinking and beliefs that are exclusive and prejudiced that make this world go with divisive identity and let hostility to spread over in every land. It is time to inquire and investigate every belief and thinking system with intention of changing this world into better and greater one than let everything go in same way as past did since past world do not guarantee except making the mass to live under fear and anxiety, but letting few people to enjoy, in which the future should reverse such human drama as everyone starts to ask, think and meditate on such aspect of life, open their eyes to the truth of reality than with an attitude of bias and prejudice within their domain.

 

The Drama of Dreams

 

July 5, 2017

People say that the major purpose of dreams is to resolve unfinished thoughts left over from the day before. And they also say that the dream world is something that is connected to illusions and delusions of the mind in which dream is a fabrication of one’s mental exercise and activity. When one dreams, one is exercising one’s mental activity which is related to what one feels, thinks, imagines and observes in regular day activity, and it is basically attached to the creation of one’s own mental faculty than the outside world.

They also say that it is not happiness and joy that are the most commonly experienced emotions during dreaming, it is fear and anxiety. Remember, those negative dreams one had at some point were created by one’s mind. The insecurities one ignores in one’s waking life are often encoded in one’s dreams. And then they make one feel to have them when one’s body is passive and the other reality is awake.

Basically, there are two kinds of dreams; the first one is a fabrication of one’s mental activity as mentioned on the above in which it is the continuation and extension of such given practice and exercise; the second one is a reality that comes outside one’s mental activity and experience whose author is still unknown to date due to the nature and character of occurrences and events that do happen into this objective plane of existence in which what one sees in one’s dream world is found translated into the objective world as true and real.

For instance, most people experience the dream world, especially, with interaction and communication of opposite sexes, which is common in churches and other religious people, a man seeing woman, getting married in dream world and such dream world is translated into objective world because of such dream as many pastors are heard and they claim to marry woman, they use dream s means of justifying their given connection they have with women they want to get married.

However, such practice is coming corrupt and is found fake and wrong for many reasons. People are not even attracted to dream world since they see other factors and causes as to the connection they have with other people due to tricky and other corrupt practices which people find in many places and also from past experiences of other people, as people got into marriage with dreams, and later on, they get divorce at some point of time in their given life and there is no such difference that makes for people to get connected as they see other people in dream or not since reality speaks louder than any other aspect of such life.

This does not mean that what people experience and practice in dream world are all fake and wrong. There are true occurrences in dream world that goes in conformity with objective world occurrences which are real and true. Yes, there are. But, such true and correct practice and experience of life becomes and turns out to be corrupt and fake as many other people enter such city, they make it game and play of the foolish since they do not have adequate grasp and understanding on the correlation and connection that exist between the dream world and objective world as well.

People say a place where angels are afraid to step upon, but the foolish gamble on it. Everything and anything in this word needs perspective and mindset otherwise everything and anything is vain and fake. Anything and everything has meaning based on where people are and they belong otherwise anything that has certain meaning and perspective for one segment of people is dull and ignorance to the other since people do deliver meaning and understanding toward any given matter based on their given standards that exist in the dictionary of their given life, if any.

For centuries people have pondered the meaning of dreams. Early civilizations thought of dreams as a medium between our earthly world and that of the gods. In fact, the Greeks and Romans were convinced that dreams had certain prophetic powers. While there has always been a great interest in the interpretation of human dreams, it wasn’t until the end of the nineteenth century that Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung put forth some of the most widely-known modern theories of dreaming.

Six separate surveys of very different populations showed that people tend to believe that their dreams reveal hidden truths about themselves and the world. People tend to think that dreams reveal hidden emotions and beliefs and they often find them to be more meaningful than thoughts they might have when they are awake. It is almost like having an internal therapist, because you associate [through dreams] to previous similar feelings, and you work through the emotion related to it so that it is reduced by morning.” Researchers now believe that dreams help us process emotions, consolidate memories, and more.

Due to its mysterious nature and character and its much unknowable aspect, dream has caused itself to scientific investigation—the scientific study of dreams—oneirology. Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep—when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. REM sleep is revealed by continuous movements of the eyes during sleep. At times, dreams may occur during other stages of sleep.

Dreams are great things to have. They are precious gifts of nature and life. They are something that people can get up to and hope for. People may dismiss that dreams are coincidences, but there are also very accurate and improbable that people cannot help to marvel. True dreams cannot be illusions and delusions of the mind, but they are messages and thoughts sent from the unknown to help and protect us. As this world has two natures, the seen and the unseen, the dream world helps to connect people to the unseen world for good purpose.

One of the manifestations of health reality and mind is the existence of dream in one’s given mental faculty as they say not one person who does not dream, except those who have psychological disorders. Dreams sometimes leave distressed for a day and sometimes one has no idea what one dreamt about. One can really live a whole beautiful life in a dream that one may never be able to achieve in reality. Wonder how life would be without dreams? No point. Because there cannot be any life without dreams and that is a fact.