The Closing of the Cultural Mind?


June 11, 2018

5 thoughts on “The Closing of the Cultural Mind?

  1. Yes. That is exactly why we need a Jakim to address the questions raised, instead of one that closet the young minds. The same needs to be done in the heartland of America for evangelical Christians. World Wars resulted a messed up Christian worldview also.

  2. The world has become a dangerous place with fanatics,bigots and extremists in various denominations everywhere you look. Tribalism has taken over from Liberalism. CLF and Conrad, any ideas of how to deal with this scourge of Humanity –Din Merican

  3. Fanatics,bigots and extremists are largely by-products of religion. One can connect to God (if at all) on his own by praying before his altar at home. You don’t need public assembly to accomplish this. It is the priestly class who want assembly praying as this provides a regular stream of income for them. If you are educated enough, you can read your scripture and absorb the fundamental values to follow and practise and you need not necessarily require an intermediary (priest or imam) to connect to god. The poor pray for money and the rich pray for more money. No money no god and this is a personal opinion.

  4. Mr. Merican with regards to the anti Semitic verses in the Koran, (can’t cite the source at the moment) but one of the reforms going on in Sauid Arabia at the moment is the acknowledgement that copies of the Koran published and exported from the Kingdom has been edited to include anti Semitic verses.

    There are a couple of issues here. “Tribalism” in the Western experience or so called Eastern “value” system, both are hostile towards Western notions of freedom of speech. Mind you most critics of Western freedom of speech actually mischaracterize this idea, making it seem as if it is absolute.

    Extremists always wish to censor ideas but the problem is that critics who claim to defend this concept always have partisan agendas of their own and what they do is blame the other side for when the reality is that both it helps both sides if ideas closed down.

    Tribalism constricts or expands depending on the economic eco system. Add to this political systems that encourage such and mass media which profits form such, and what you have are societies seemingly at war with themselves when in actually all this is a product of capitalism.

    I would argue that this is part of the human experience, in that we eventually have to choose a “side” if only because society like humanity is a cooperative endevour.

    We could minimize the fallout but such remedies tend to fall on the fascist side of the spectrum. Ultimately scarcity – in the economic senses- determines how tribal societies are and also, a political system that understands that scarcity is the foundation of political survival.

  5. Edit : Para 3 should be :

    Extremists always wish to censor ideas but the problem is that critics who claim to defend this concept always have partisan agendas of their own and what they do is blame the other side when the reality is that it helps both sides if ideas are shouted down.

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