“Never talk about religion and politics.”
It’s a popular saying and many people prefer to follow it to avoid discussions or problems with friends, family, colleagues, etc. However, while attending the first meeting of a Philosophy group (organized by Meetup.com) many people expressed their wish to discuss these topics in the following meetings.
Days later, I faced the following questions:
- Do you believe that the world with organized religions would be better?
- Should we work hard to eradicate extreme religious views?
- Should religion be personalised rather than a specific set of belief?
- Do you believe in the separation of organised religion and government?
- Do you fear that religious conflict will be a constant issue in the 21st century?
- Do you think war must never be carried out in the name of religion?
- Should we work hard to eradicate extreme religious view?
- Do you believe a world with organised religion is a better world?
Have you thought about it? Think for a while and try to answer those questions. Think well before answering. Maybe write down your answers.
Now, take a look at the following charts:
RELIGION’S IMPORTANCE BY COUNTRY
THE RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT
Charts’ source: Wikipedia.
Can you observe any relation between the charts? Can you remember any specific event related to your observations? What are the problems we have been facing in the world today related to religion? Is there any connection between religion and social-economic patterns of those countries?
Think about it! Look at the charts. Any information you can take from them? Write them down.
Also check some thoughts at this website. Some of them might help you to think deeper.
Now go back to the questions before the charts and think about the answers to them. Have you changed your mind about any answer to those questions?
If you wish to share your thoughts or other sources of information, please leave a comment. It might be interesting to discuss it with someone. Their opinion might be different from yours and you might change your mind after listening to them.
Hope you enjoyed the reflexion!