The idea of Categorical Imperatives, or universal duties is an unachievable ideal standard. After analyzing many different viewpoints, I have come to conclude that universal moral standards do not exist because it is impossible for everybody everywhere to believe in common ideas; the world’s cultures are far too diverse for this. Furthermore, to say that universal moral standards exist would imply that these moral standards transcend human existence, and apply to any rational creatures that exist anywhere in the universe. Although we do not know of any creatures to exist beyond the boundaries of earth, I think that it would be arrogant to say that any human moral standards would apply to these beings as well. In my opinion, the beliefs of different societies, or extra terrestrial beings, cannot be said to be “correct” or “incorrect” because this would imply that an objective ethical truth exists.
I come from a family possessing a religious background. I would credit my grandparents for teaching me the Hindu way of life and for teaching to respect other religions and their beliefs, thus giving me a hint of inner spirituality and omnipresence of God. I choose the topic “Belief Systems” because this is the topic which suits me the most. Clash of ideologies can also cause riots of different beliefs and philosophies. This mostly happens in when a person is fanatic and does not accept the point of view of another person.
Religion is a collection of organized beliefs and worldviews. The disrespect of religion is a serious issue facing in our time. Respect for a person religion is important since it is also respecting the person. Disrespect of religion is happening on various communication channels where people pass information unfairly judging various religions. People are also judging the entire religion due to the actions of one person, which is also unfair.
Religion has also placed restrictions on who can marry. Many religious teachings condemn homosexual marriages and has influenced many countries not to allow homosexuals to marry. This is a clear sign that religion’s main function is provide a code of behaviour which regulates personal and social life. Religious ritual is also identified by Malinowski as being a source of hope and courage to many in the modern society. On his study of the Trioband he noticed that they used ri... ... middle of paper ... ...y are they by divine appointment and should be treated better than their subjects.
Both authors have totally opposing opinions on how an enemy should be treated in America. Ideas of community and diversity of people are similar for Smith and Winthrop, but their emphasis on religion and relationships with enemies greatly differ. In other words, both authors feel a need for togetherness among various groups of people in order to start a successful life in America. But while Winthrop places more emphasis on God, Smith places more emphasis on having power over the enemy. This makes their views of man completely different when it comes to how religion has affected our lives and how we act toward one another.
The inadequacy in maintaining the idealistic doctrines is deeply rooted in society. Such notion is reflected and commented upon in the novels Dom Casmurro by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis and Chronicle of A Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In both novels, the authors effectively criticize religion through their satiric portrayal of religious authorities and other characters' attitudes towards religion. The two novels reveal the practical result of religion in a critical light. The ideal doctrine of religion adjusts itself to the imperfect world in ways that some times do not command respect.
Yams signified one’s social status amongst their peers, and the masculinity that came with it. It is related to religion because its associated with the masculinity of the ancestors. If the ancestors displayed signs of power through their crops, generations to come would have to do the same. Okonkwo wanted his son, Nwoye, to have show signs of being in control, but he didn’t grasp the concept. Oppositely, Nwoyke showed signs of weakness, even though he wanted his father’s approval.
Religion has shaped the backbone of many a community, and still today, in some parts of the world, it is a force to be reckoned with. However, it is in my belief, that the religious and moral values of an area should not influence the laws that people are meant to abide by. Not only because many people do not share the same religious beliefs (or even have a religion for that matter), but because in doing so, it allows for the possibility that people will try to take advantage of the system and commit acts that are morally unjust, in the name of their religion. While it may it be true that laws influenced by religion can seem harmless, such as not being able to buy alcohol on a Sunday, the reverse is also true. For every situation that seems harmless, is another where someone has committed unspeakable acts in the name of their religion.
Religion can be defined as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe that often contains a moral code that governs the conduct of human affairs according to dictionary.com. Some countries use their religion to form some sort of government or use religion as a way to decide the laws within their land. People often believe that religion should be kept out of government while others think it may create a more effective one. Places such as the United States, parts of Europe, France, and Turkey have adopted the concept of “separation of church and state” meaning that they prefer to distance the relationship of religion and the national state. According to churchandstate.org.uk, there has been an issue where people seem to confuse the concept of secularist with atheism.
Puritans also believed redemption did not exist and God had already chosen those who would experience his grace and those who would only experience sin and torment. Derived from this belief, a political conclusion was made that government would never be perfect as it’s a product of human beings. Since God had already chosen those who would be saved and actions in life would not redeem someone, “it was not the task of government to make people good” (Wald 49). All a government can aspire to