An -ism is a social grouping which
ascribes to a set of dictates... patriotism, socialism, Catholicism,
capitalism, all fit this definition. Why should we be wary of
becoming part of an -ism?
Joining an -ism means turning off one's
own brain and ascribing to an existing set of rules and assumptions.
There evolves a structure whose purpose is simply to perpetuate the
acceptance of the -ism. This precludes the application of
free thinking to test the validity of the -ism.
The problem with becoming part of an
-ism is that its rules get warped - even perverted - over time.
Thus one eventually has accepted something that even if once
true, is no longer valid.
Even if the -ism was
once valid, life's circumstances have a way of changing over time.
Chances are, the -ism doesn't change, at least not with the
same speed, and becomes invalid. But, it is hard to know
which parts still might be worthwhile.
The so-called leader of such -isms
really is no more than a proselyte, who must look over his shoulder to
ensure his dictates are still being accepted by the followers.
Otherwise, he becomes irrelevant... a fate similar to death
to a would-be leader!
Thoughts.nu is dedicated to ensuring we
keep our brains turned on - so we discourage you
from joining or ascribing to -isms.
It's better to study ideas, including
the -isms, then adopt what you like and - Make
up your own mind!