Saturday, August 8, 2009

Healthy Irreverence

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Leafing through an old journal, I can’t help but chuckle over the things I wrote twelve years ago.

16 March 2007, 2:45 am. I think there is a need for some healthy irreverence, nowadays. We are given the freedom to think for ourselves. To determine what’s right from wrong. So why should we always show honor and respect just because we are told to? Why should we always bow to authorities? Deference to authority, sometimes, dehumanizes man. How can we recognize and attain our full potential if we always say “yes, sir” or “yes, professor”? Culture dictates that we should obey our parents at all times, at all costs. I fully disagree. We should let our parents guide us, but we shouldn’t let them control our lives in the process. I don’t think that obedience is a virtue. Obedience only becomes a virtue when before obeying something you know for sure that you are willing to do it, have thought about it, and know its consequences. We shouldn’t let anybody tell us what to do. We have minds. We can think for ourselves. So it’s better to commit a mistake of which you’re fully responsible for than do something right because somebody told you that it’s the better thing to do. I know my reasoning sounds faulty, but this is my belief and I know I’m entitled to one. Convictions are what make a person a person. I stand firm with my beliefs and that’s that.

It sounds like me, all right, but I wonder what made me write this. What was I thinking?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

"what is the best practice?" that is worst question i've ever heard in corporate meetings! if bill gates, steve jobs, sergei brin, larry ellison or jerry yang had that mantra, there would me no microsoft, apple computers, oracle, google or yahoo. :)

Angeli said...

but who says we need microsoft, apple, oracle, google or yahoo anyway? :)

Anonymous said...

no one needs these companies if everyone follows george carlin's deconstruction of the ten commandments. notice his take on 'honor they father and mother'. :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkRYaMiP4K8

Angeli said...

should be based on "performance". :)

unstranger said...

Nothing wrong with your thinking processes.

Angeli said...

some will say that there is. in this part of the world, such kind of thinking is considered impertinence, rebellion, sedition, subversion.

unstranger said...

So many words, all of them relevant.

 
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