Saturday, June 19, 2021

Blind Disbelief

Belief is a private matter of a person or a society irrespective of time and space. We do not use reason or science in believing so many things. We automatically accept and grow with values, beliefs and traditions of the family or the group of people with whom we live. Children imitate parents and elders and they get tuned to the mindset of the adults around them. Very few, whom we call original thinkers, come out of this grove applying logic and reason before accepting something.

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There are certain beliefs supported by age old traditions. As long as we know the purpose of following a custom it remains a good practice. When we forget the purpose and follow the custom it becomes blind belief. Each person or group may have their own blind beliefs.

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There are a few people who do not have sufficient knowledge or reason to disbelieve something. Prejudice is also blind disbelief. This disbelief without reason is as bad as blind belief. Many without adequate knowledge of science try to argue against spiritual matters about which they know nothing. This is blind disbelief.

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A cricketer comments on cooking or a great lawyer’s opinion on  Covid may not be worth considering. To believe every celebrity’s words outside his professional skill could be a blind belief. To reject everything beyond our experience is also blind disbelief. We have to and do believe in experts’ words though at that point of time we might not be equipped enough to understand them. We may understand the value of those words at a later date. Disbelief in such cases is not right.

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Rajendra Singh Baisthakur
Rajendra Singh Baisthakur had been a Lecturer in English. He is a poet, critic and translator. His interests are Literature, Philosophy and social media.

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