I wonder what convictions I would have if I had been born on another point of the world. While reviewing events and approving the righteous ones or condemning the abuses, I often question my firmness.
Other people, who are supposed to act racionally, hold solid persuasions defying my beliefs.
Are my values actually the craftwork of my socialization? Is my personality the shere reflection of internalized norms and ideologies of the community I belong to?
The accumulated wisdom of humans ensure the continuity of our civilisation. However, once reaching the maturity of our capabilities, we should act consiously and decide whether common wisdom is applicable in particular situations.
Our capabilities, such as perception, intelligence and moral values, can be applied only by making decisions. Nobody intends to be the society’s slave, a flexible fabric out of which it creates brainless dummies. But are the principles along which one is ready to sacrify themselves really their own?
It is evident that the wealthy and the mightly of given eras are aware of what are in their best interests and influence the moral codes accordingly. But do their supporters follow them unconditionally as devoted defenceless serves ?
Our personalities are formed by both socialization and inherent characteristics. However, I am not convinced of freedom of opinion as the society’s pressure to oppress unorthodox traits are such that only few dare act individually.
How is it possible that individuals processing the same information can draw totally different conclusions and even die for them? How could these huge cultural discrepancies evolve within one species sharing the same sense organs and environment?
How should I trust my persuasions when other argumentations lead to dissimilar yet deductable findings? I am afraid no judgment can be declared the right one, as they are only variables in the function of time and power.