Sunday, May 17, 2009

Should Religion or Books to define Good and Bad

The other day, I was "debating" with a friend on morality.

Whenever topics on morality or ethics are debated, we will somehow end up talking on religion.
Religion are often being used as a tool to distinguish what is morally right and what is not. Usually, there is a set of rules written in scriputres of different religion. All this rules are made in a way that teaches us, humans to be morally right or to be good, according to their distinctive religion.

I was pouring my idea on how Christianity has a very good "system" and "marketing" scheme. For example, every Sunday, Christians will be going to Church to praise their God and at the same time learn to live with their fellow Christians. They have Sunday class for the children of different age. Besides that, "marketing" was done very well. They would invite friends who aren't Christian to come along to their activities, with good intention to show them the true path, according to their interpretation that is.

This clear cut system are also "tried and tested". See, there is a lot of good Samaritans out there and a lot of them are Christians who are to say, an output of this "system". One example would be Brother Lawrence of St.John's Institution. He had two term with St. John and he has dedicated all his life to educate children in Malaysia. Being a Canadian didn't stop him from helping childrens of different nationality and he is a Christian.

From that, I conclude that Christian can be the religion to guide the young ones on what is right and what is wrong. I was fast to put a dot on religion being the best tool to distinguish good and bad.

That is when she came up with her thoughts. Rather than telling me on how a person can learn how to know what is right and wrong, she told me how she was taught to define good and bad.
With books.

For all I know, she was taught to read at a very young age and ever since, she has been reading a lot of books. That is where her idea of what is right and wrong came to her. I was told that she was given to read books that has moral values and she keep those values with her.
I thought it was a great idea. Instead of having religion to tell you what is right and what is wrong, why not decide it yourself base on books that you have written. Of course, this is a harder way because people don't read that much and often, going to church or temple are much easier.

It's 2.30 a.m and I have to get ready early in the morning. To summarize it, people are divided in this world with 2 things, skin color and religion. One fine day when we mix around so much that there isn't anymore white, black or any skin colour whatsoever. What is left is mix of Asian and African skin perhaps? That's when we will be divided with our belief in religion. If at that time we don't define good and bad with religion but with values we learn from book, maybe we won't be different anymore and there wouldn't be anymore bloodbath betweeen religion.

Think about it. I should start reading more. So should you.

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