Monday, July 13, 2009

Beware of Parents

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”Gautam Buddha

Though I have set out on a task of infusing people with anti-religious ideas, I can feel myself failing within the walls of my home itself. Despite of certain tries, I cannot dissolve my mother’s prejudices which continue to be based on religion and caste, be it related to marriages or even social issues. On the other hand, my father has been governed not as badly by prejudices, but stands anti-Islamic, something I have let it be, for I myself am not clear on my stand on this issue as apart from being against the concept of religion I can single out this religion, which causes all possible obstructions and do perceive them as dangerous.
But the point is, we should be resistive to what our parents teach us as much we should be to the teachings of other religious priests and pundits. Our parents themselves can be themselves victims of so many prejudices and we should be able to frame our own ideas rather than having them inherently. Progress is bound by changes and if we comply with words of parentage the world will never move ahead.
Though respect for parents is a must for the relationship to remain healthy, accepting silently what they teach shouldn’t be encouraged. We should discuss the worldly issues that pop up in our everyday lives in our homes, listen to their views, contradict if necessary and then frame a final view. We need not be adherent to our culture, because my knowledge suggests the world despite of millenniums survives on social and cultural differences due to ancestry and not just inherited traits but ideas and mentality. Dynastical approach shouldn’t be favored at all, for that comprises the root of many social stigmas.
It’s not a question simply of generation gap, but indeed lack of progress that is going through the generations, the gap is far smaller than it appears to be. When we grow old enough; instead of arguing on private decisions, we should calmly have them realize their teachings have been bound by prejudices as well, which shouldn’t be encouraged as far as progress, equality and peace are concerned. It has been rightly said “Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.”
We must take collective care, that we inherit only the good points from parentage and must have the courage to dismiss what seems wrong and unjustifiable, even if it’s mentally, because elders are not necessarily more mature. This prevents many biased opinions and prospective ill-wills.

3 comments:

pgm said...

Nice analogy: parents <=> religious preachers. Can't say much else, atlst until puppy comes along and spots a contradiction/inconsistency.

Piyush said...

I had just skimmed through it,then read PGM's comment,went back and then read carefully.
Thumbs up from me.

Siddharth Bhattacharya (a.k.a. Bhatta) said...

@ Puppy/ Piyush:
thanks.
@ pgm:
Piyush is better than you're projecting him as. My blog needs a critic.

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