(“Mandinka”) This selection depicts power as objects that are gained and amassed in order to attain a certain power level that allows to rule over people, but the process of “stockpiling” can only happen through religious practices such as “conjuring”. Ultimately, this highlights the dependence of politics to religion. Overview of
Every religion has fundamental questions about the creation of the world, the man, the immortality and the meaning. This is not new information; however, it will surprise you the fact that the answers to these questions are a lot more alike than we think. Take, for example, Christianity and Hinduism. Hinduism for example has many beliefs and practices so comparing this with Christianity can be a challenging task. Hinduism is more open minded as it embraces other beliefs and teaches that all religions have one goal, regardless of the path in life you may take.
In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the main theme is of conformity to the wants of society and the government. Themes of dehumanization of our species, as well as the danger of a totalitaristic state are repeatedly expressed. Orwell demonstrates this theme by using setting and characters in the novel. The setting helps to convey the theme because of the world and kind of city that the main character lives in. Winston’s every move is watched and controlled by the governmental figurehead known as “big brother”.
Religion, much like most of the conceptual world, is a construct-- brought into existence solely for the purpose of supplying an immediate meaning and understanding in the slightest to create some kind of consultation from the crisis of our existence. It freely shapes the morality of people and society by establishing a primal institution of what we are and aren 't supposed to do, and thus paves way for a rather compliant and impressionable public. This concept of religion is explored by Kurt Vonnegut in his novel the "Cat 's Cradle," where he creates a milieu where the only thing society has is faith and trust in a false pretense. In this post-apocalyptic novel, Vonnegut discusses the greatness that lies within the flaw of man-made
Through 1984, George Orwell predicted what a state which has absolute power over its citizens would look like in 1984 through the terrors of a government with total power over its citizens. The novel touched upon the deeper meanings of human corruption and evil, guiding the reader through the pain and suffering, as well as the joy and what little freedom that the main character, Winston Smith has in the hands of Big Brother, the symbol of the “Party. It is obvious, that Orwell’s intent was to warn the future generations of the dangers of authoritarianism, however even in the modern world we can find traces of 1984’s themes. There are many similarities between our modern day society and Orwell’s 1984, the most significant ones surveillance, perpetual war, and censorship. The first similarity between 1984 and our modern society is surveillance along with the advancement of technology.
the church or center of which they approach to worship or expand their beliefs must have a hierarchy of power or an equal system where the leader's earthly power is limited. These said followers must also have certain undoubted rights in their respective groups, such as the power to leave or join the group as they choose, or offer as little or as many resources as the feel. The guidelines for a cult, however, are much different, to be considered a cult there must a select and soulful leader who reigns over all and holds all power. In order to be a cult, the group must develop a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society. Members of this said group are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group and group-related activities.
Durkheim wrote extensively on religion as well, his views on religion can be seen in his text “The elementary forms of religious life.” He thinks of religion not as a divine force but as a social construct which is created to control people living in a society. Durkheim also mentions the concept of the holy and profane which are the two binaries of religion. The sacred consists of all the things which are isolated and prohibited and whereas, the profane is all the things an individual does in his daily life. He further goes on to say that religion is the power of a society and that the individual worships the society when they worship god because
One way on how the power of language can manipulate society into believing in anything is by forcing every single person into speaking one language. The language that is spoken in 1984 is called Newspeak. Once World War Two came to an end the government of Oceania make a decision that they should put fear into every single one of their people's lives. They did this by putting a telescreen in everyone’s house and the government can spy on them by doing this. This causes the people to not say anything bad about the government aka the Party.
SCIENCE Albert Einstein described the science and religion in his paper; he said that "Science is the century-old endeavor to bring together by means of systematic thought the perceptible phenomena of this world into as thoroughgoing an association as possible". Science also deals to tell the truth based on some observation and evidence, but some time science theories and inventions may be not fulfill all the requirements that anyone strongly believe on that and it will always create reasoning upon these theories and inventions. RELIGION On the other hand religion has defined all the aspects and necessary points of human life and teaches the mankind to spend their lives on specific rules and regulations which religion has. Religion is about belief, and it teaches to human being that believe on facts what it has and religion don 't believe on evidence. VIEWS OF SOME PHILOSOPHERS AND SCIENTISTS ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION Some philosophers are not agree with "conflict" between religion and science, one of them is Swami Vivekananda
Religion can be classified as a set of beliefs or principles that influence the motive or thinking of it 's follower. It affects a person’s understanding of the ultimate reality, shapes his/her worldview of the nature of life and is a solution for humanity 's problem. The quest for meaning begins with the human search for God and the idea of truth. The outcome of this search is the birth of religion, in which there are so many theories seeking the exact origin of a religion. I do not intend this writing to be on the history of religion but I wish to comment that throughout the history of civilisation, religion has played a prominent role in many societies.