3.b.6 – Dogmas are useful?

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March 22, 2010 — Riccardo Sabellotti - Giacinto Sabellotti

Dogmas are useful?

Having freedom of thought and opinion normally does not mean to suffer penalties because of one’s ideas, either by the authorities or by fellows;  however, we have already seen, that these are not the only obstacles that we have to overcome: there are other, less obvious and more insidious, linked to our nature and our cultural tradition; so we must not only defend ourselves from the other human beings, but also from our education, partly dogmatic, and from our own instincts, both created for an environment that no longer exists.
Our fellow men, as bullying they could be, are unable to read our mind and if we keep secret our views, they cannot prevent us from thinking; many cultural traditions, not only religious, are able to educate since we are children not to think, to reject any logical alternative ideas, to see every innovator as subversive; they can do this by leveraging on our natural inclinations towards obscurantism and intolerance. These cultural forms are the natural enemies of our freedom in every sense and are those who act more in depth, directly on our ability to think. It is needed a cultural adjustment that protects us from these phenomena, through the rejection of any dogma or indisputable truth; an authentic truth can be called into question as much as we want, but in the end will always result to be true; then only what is false has the need to be protected as a dogma. We could be afraid that the rejection of dogmas can lead to a lack of absolutes certainties and to a sense of loss and insecurity, but experience tells us that this not actually happens, the absolute certainties are those on which there is no doubt, not the undisputed ones (in the sense that it is forbidden to discuss about them) and then the dogmas are not needed to provide security but to protect a tradition; it is to be reminded that when something in which we strongly believed falls, in short time our minds replace it with another, according to its nature; it is a psychological need that is easily met and therefore there are no dangers for our psyche, but only for our antiquate ideas.
While admitting that, at the time of tribal life, to make immoral the fact of discussing certain beliefs served to strengthen the stability of a culture in a world also stable, we must be aware that today times have changed and that this way of doing is not only unnecessary but highly damaging.

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