Conflicting ideas that children are unable to reconcile.

Conflicting ideas always lead to confusion

We are constantly being bombarded with mixed messages
We are constantly being bombarded with mixed messages | Source
Too many conflicting ideas lead to confusion
Too many conflicting ideas lead to confusion

Religion and Government are synonymous. Both are in error.

Realism versus Fantasy

The first thing one must realize is that 'religion' was the first offending factor that led to today's tyranny. It morphed from enigmatic to problematic without anyone realizing its implications on human oppression.

Reconciling religion, and, or, Government with logic, realism, and delusional fantasy can not be done in a logical or intelligent way.

Will we ever have logic and intelligence as a societal norm? We can only hope so. It is that very hope for a better tomorrow that sustains us today.

Can we ever rid this earth of hatred? Hatred seems to be the greatest legacy we pass on to each generation. It is a learned behavior and can be unlearned. Love is not a learned behavior and cannot be unlearned.

The fault lies with the previous generation's teaching children the same mistakes that they themselves were subjected to. The correction of this fault lies with the present generation's influence on future generations.

The attitude that: " if it was good enough for me, it is good enough for my children..." is dangerous and completely outside the realm of reality. Or the acceptance of religion as truth because one would rather err on the side of caution than to take the chance that we might anger an unseen god who will punish man for an eternity. There is no logic in these ideas based of fallacy, fear, and guilt.

Bringing the world into focusing on reality is a daunting task when society continuously teaches children that fantasy overshadows the world of reality.

Intelligence versus Logic

First we need to define the terms:

intelligence:

  • 1). The ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations.
  • 2). The ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria ( as tests ).
  • 3). The act of understanding.

logic:

  • 1). A science that deals with the principles and criteria of validity or inference and demonstration.
  • 2). a particular mode of reasoning viewed as valid or faulty.
  • 3). interrelation or sequence of facts or events when seen as inevitable or predictable.

Summary:

  • Intelligence is the ability to learn and understand the facts.
  • Logic is using what you have learned to draw a conclusion based on facts - not supposition or fantasy.

Indoctrination versus Brainwashing

Indoctrination:

  • 1). To instruct, esp, in fundamentals or rudiments.
  • 2) To imbue with a usually partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view, or principle.

Brainwashing:

  • 1.) A forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes, and to accept contrasting regimental ideas.
  • 2). persuasion by propaganda or salesmanship.

Summary:

  • Indoctrination is when a child is taught that a particular religion is truth above all other possibilities.
  • Brainwashing is inducing someone to give up the basic beliefs instilled by the indoctrination process and replace them with another forced indoctrination.

The Conclusion

What 'should be' in a logical reality: A logical society based on realism.

Teaching basics:

  • Teaching children basic unbiased concepts, or ideas, without forcing the adoption of any part of those concepts as indisputable truths.

Learning basics:

  • As a child is taught basics, he/she should then be allowed to weigh those basic concepts and ideas and formulate his/her own conclusions based on reality instead of fantasy.
  • The child should be allowed - no, encouraged - to ask questions to be able to arrive at an appropriate conclusion that envelops love, compassion and empathy for others without discrimination, and always with truthfulness, not superstition, mysticism, fairy tales, or fantasy.

Summary: Teaching children these logical basics would:

  • Eliminate guilt and fear,
  • destroy hatred and bigotry,
  • give the individual the sense of empowerment to promote self-actualization.
  • Create an existence that is founded on fact. or reality: not fantasy.
  • Teach the ability to believe in oneself and be the pilot of his/her own destiny.
  • Teach our children to learn that knowledge is power - not over others, but power over adversity (a state or condition contrary to one of well-being).
  • Teach them to feel humble with the conceptual knowledge that the more we learn, the more we realize how much we still do not know.
  • To accept that we are complex beings made up of the physical body, the brain as the computer running the physical machinery, and the spiritual that is the essence of our beings.

History repeating itself

A Dire Warning about a Dangerous Precedent:

By the continuance of teaching children that one particular religion is the only true path to salvation, we are inadvertently teaching them that everyone else is beneath them.

This kind of destructive message leads to bigotry, intolerance, hatred and bullying.

If we teach the child that theirs is the only way, we are destroying their sense of diversity, and what that diversity means for humanity: and ultimately negating the fact that everyone is different and beautiful in their own way. Thereby cheating that child out of utilizing their brains to reach a logical conclusion in every aspect of their lives that require the ability to reason and rationalize.

It is causing confusion, and conflicting ideas that the child is unable to reconcile within themselves through deductive reasoning.

Teaching a child that any religion is the ultimate truth, is in fact, the ultimate lie.

Thus rebellion seems to be the only logical path to maintain some balance within their minds.

The choices belong to the parents.

Those that have a closed and narrow point of view, are teaching their children that same pathway and cheating them out of a life filled with wonder and awe, and the quest for knowledge.

There are many paths that lead to our destiny (salvation, if you prefer). It does not matter which path one takes, they all lead to the same conclusion.

We should not be teaching our children only one path, for in doing so, we are cheating them out of their sense of self worth, dignity, well being, and sense of personal self control over their own destiny.

by: d.william

"Spirituality" is NOT Religion

© 2010 d.william

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Andi 5 years ago

Perfectly stated point of view. I agree with you in every aspect. If this method of teaching were to be institutionalized we would be on the right path toward a better tomorrow. Until then, oh well, we'll have to manage some other way.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Andi

Thanks for reading and your comments, and sad to say you are right about just having to manage some other way.

There is such apathy and ambivalence in our society today, that we have allocated learning to strangers who have a limited capacity to teach the truth, or stick their biased religious ideas into everything they do teach.

The government can only do so much. It is truly up to the parents and guardians of the youth to fight for their rights to a better learning system. They are the ones that need to get involved, and oversee what their children are learning.

Unfortunately, as i stated above, it does seem that the only people who are aggressively teaching their children are the radical religious who are causing more damage than good to their children. Sad.

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