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Contemporary Value Of Religion As Viewed By Kearlee Gregory

1641 words - 7 pages

Religion, which influences, and is derived from, the human beliefs of relations between the supernatural and natural characteristics of reality, should fit effortlessly into the lives of its supporters. It should help morally structure the person’s life without overrunning it or teaching that everyone else needs to hold those same beliefs, and instead inspire them to help accept other cultures without forcing their practice into others’ lives. Similar to Buddhism, the ideal religion should help people uplift themselves as well as others, by accompanying their differing base beliefs and encouraging the pursuit of knowledge, which is what we humans do naturally. The religion should not bring people to believe that their religion is the one and only truth in the universe, but instead encourage acceptance of differing beliefs and cultures, allowing them to thrive alongside one another.
Many religions’ place in the everyday lives of modern people has decreased significantly. Just as the ancient pagan religions were replaced by the more recent religions, those religions are now being replaced with science, denominations of the original religions, and material property. As years pass, every religion faces an increasing number of smaller, more personalized, religions branching from the original to accommodate people’s life changes. Each religion has divergent denominations, whose beliefs differ more and more from the original as people require more convenience in their lives. Spirituality is both decreasing and increasing in a confusing and impulsive manner. Many people are forgetting about it altogether as they are too busy simply trying to survive in this money-infatuated world. However, those that have a larger income have more luxury to pursue their spirituality, or simply spend their money to fulfill their material desires.
Though, many could argue, with the increased conveniences and luxury of modern technologies, more people are turning away from religions and their conflicts in order to find “true spirituality.” Which is why, I suspect, Buddhism and Daoism are becoming more popular. Daoism is a Chinese school of thought, similar to Confucian teachings, which focuses on the philosophy of following a proper path in life. Similar to Confucian learning, Daoism “affirmed the truthful existence of the world and held a positive view toward this world.” (Indiana University Northwest) Differentially, Daoists rejected busy worldly pursuits and the Confucians’ goals to restore ancient social order, “not because they disliked the ancient order, but because they shunned any forms of (manmade) social order.” (Indiana University Northwest) Currently, we see younger generations living at home longer, having children at younger ages, and growing tired of being forced into the busy workforce where they’ll spend the rest of their lives feeding the economy and struggling to survive on whatever work they can manage to be hired for. With technology providing indoor...

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