November 24, 2008
Introduction to Philosophy
Building a Better Future
Since the dawn of man, people have had their own forms of religion. Be it simple ceremonial burial or complex blessing rituals, each person had their own way to explain the wonders of nature like, how did we come here and what our purposes are. On the most basic level, we learn as young children to speak, read, write and tackle simple math problems in order to communicate. How do you view yourself? How do others view you? Do you really care? The answers to all these questions are shaped by the culture you were raised in. for the most part, scientists agree that culture plays a very important role in how a person develops. The core of all cultures is religion. Understanding other cultures and religions will allow us to show greater respect to our fellow citizens. If we teach our children at a younger age to respect and embrace differences we are creating a future with less discrimination and more love. This is why I believe all children should be required to take a “Survey of World Religions” course and learn about different religions.
A woman raised in India might grow up to be a traditional woman who marries young, works part time, and who devotes the majority of her life to her family. The same person, if raised in a more liberal-thinking country, might attend college, pursue a career, and not get married until after she’s thirty. All religions have certain things in common, but still have differences that make them very distinct. These differences are very important, and what makes the United State an amazing place to live. Since America is composed of so many different religions it is very important to understand these differences to better function as a whole.
The study of World Religion would allow students to go through a series of thinking experiences that will help them to function more beneficially in today's modern culture. Studying...