Why do people think differently in one specific subject?
To come up with an educated guess, a speculation or an answer, one extreme example should be illustrated and, an awaiting answer might be drawn.
Few months ago, I watched a 60-minute Show.... It was about islamic people in a remote area of Pakistan. In that particular area, people were very religious. They prayed and practiced everything required in Islam.
The show moved on to a morgue where male children were taught and educated with one single book in their lives, the holy Koran.
There was a male teenager. He was around 15-16 years of age... He could remember everything in the holy book from very beginning to very end. He'd done this since he was a young boy...
"Maybe since I was 6 or 7 years old", he said.
In this case, the young man's current environment and his Koran were the only place he knew, taught, inculcated and perceived. "His world" apart from that was interpretations of what he learned from his real experiences and from the book.
From this particular circumstance, behaviors deviating from what he was told were prohibited or not allowed.... It's deranged from his norms and his "world".
This conflict in perceptions was illustrated from one small example. Collectively, from one person in that remote village of Pakistan to a larger group of people in his very same village, to a provincial area in the country, to the whole country of Pakistan, to the whole region of the adjoining middle east, to the whole islamic world, collectively, people already had had "another world" within their perceptions.
This artilce wasn't aiming to criticize Islam and their perceptions, nor point out a way to solve a global conflict between Islamic people and others. On the other hand, as the author, I would like to stress about how and why one single individual could see, percieve and justify one issue differently....
That might depend on what kind he/she really was intrinsically as a human being. But, in my humble opinion, it primarily depended on "the world" he/she had been exposed to. Thus, "the world" could be a stagnant, unchanged one for some individuals and maybe the same for generations. Or, "the world" could be a constantly metamorphosizing one for others.
If I may have a suggestion, one and only suggestion I am going to make is; "Travel and explore "the world" and you may see, perceive and understand "your world" differently."
================================= Note: My life has been intertwined with works and many others. New responsibility has emerged, resulting less and less time for my ordinary life. Although, a love to write is still intact... But having less time is related to having less imagination.... Therefore, I could not come up with new writings for quite some times.
It might be a good time for me to leave this forum for moment.... Please take it as Mr. A.T. is having a sabbactatical leave or something like that....
As noted above, my love to write is still the same... and will not be changed. Sometimes somehow, I hope I could come back and give some thoughts in this blog once more.
Cheers, Mr. A.T. June 6th, 2008
My pen-name in Pantip is amatuer translator. Actually, I'm a lousy translator with lame translation. My pen-name is somewhat misleading, I have no background in linguistics what-so-ever. Anyway I love to read, write and communicate with people...
Reading is my most favorite hobby. I read everything from shopping bags to articles in theoretical physics. I do research and teaching for my living. So, reading, writing, thinking and doing research works are my everyday routine.
I would like to define myself as a person who is accepting new ideas and adopting those into my way of life.
I believe in power of knowledge/education. I think every society can be a better society with knowledge. Ignorance can be dispelled by it. Humanity can live sustainably and harmoniously with each other along with its biosphere with understandings in the nature surrounding it.
Apart from my philosophical thoughts reflecting who I am, I can tell you something I like or love in particular;
I love dogs.... Particularly, labradore retrievers.... One day, I would like to spend my time and life with them as a big part of my family.
Zhuge Liang is my hero. With his wisdom and faithfulness, he led a tiny army to a mighty and formidable kingdom. He left his humble residence with a hope to come back. But, sadly, he had never returned and died far far away from home in a horse carriage in a battle field. If I could choose where I would, I would say where-ever my lovely wife was nearby.
I value happiness and my family as my first priority. My profession and my philosophy come in the second. Pursuit in wealth has never been in my desire.
I'm glad to be your friend, and look forward to seeing you around krub.