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OLD IDEAS AS THE BASIS OF TODAY’S REALITIES

 

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History tends to give us insight into the development of the order of things. 

 

About 3000 to 2500 years ago a number of the great religions developed certain fundamental beliefs.  They attempted to explain what was around them and what the world was, how it began and what their purposes were. 

 

How the world was created and how things generated on this earth, it seemed needed to be answered and certain spiritual thinkers developed ideas that found their way into the forming of some religions. 

 

Advocates of various ideas sought and developed followers so that their different religions gave rise to other religions, becoming organized in ways that would protect the heart of their beliefs.

 

Religions became part of the order of things and both their ideas and their protectors found their way among rulers and within the ruling classes that contributed to that order.  Conquerors fought to spread these ideas and sometimes the ideas spread as the result of conquests. 

 

The rules of generals, of governments and of religions tended to mix and gave order to the function of societies.  Some of the main differences among religions gave reason and justification to the natural tendency to make war. 

 

Some religions developed caste systems, a manner of justifying what their societies had already generated and therefore gave their blessings to a class structure. Opposite to this notion, the idea of “being born equal” began to find its way into the thinking of church and political leaders.

 

Today, in the so-called “western world,” the notion of equality and the political programs aimed at providing “more equal rights” are directly based on the ideas surrounding the notion that “all men are born equal.”  Most of the religions of the western world today give emphasis to that belief.

 

Although the general order of the economic system moves us toward an economic caste system supported even by the more socialistic governments, many organizations representing various movements lean their actions in the direction of “all having equal rights” whether or not based on religion or the notion of being born equal.

 

The struggle toward “more equality” today gives proof that the opposite notion of an economic caste system, although more flexible by providing in and out access, more than the religious system, castes or classes in which to move in and out of do exist.

 

In a sense the two ideas prominently at war today, whether religious or economic are those in defense of freedom to move in and out of the various economic castes and those against the acceptance of castes flexible or not.

 

Our understanding of history gives proof to the notion that ideas eventually become realities and contribute to the order of things.

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