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Prateek Maloo

IT Analyst, Tata Consultancy Services Limited

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Indroduce a concept of flexible religion in schools. Let people choose to follow a faith they want to.

There's a reason we have religion. Its not only to instill the notion that there are gods and supernatural powers controlling and creating everything. The greater good is in imbibing the qualities the religion tries to personify.

There is a huge divide in the entire world over religion. People, belonging to different religions, have reservations against each other. The religional biases are stunting the harmonious social development. As we live in a global and free world, its in the best interest of everyone to be given chance to understand all the religions equally and rationally, avoiding fanaticism.

The imagery of a God that is created by a religion should no be taken as the absolute aim. Blindly following a faith and not learning to lead a useful lifestyle should not be the aim of following a religion or a god. The grand personna of God has more than just mystic to it. There are qualities which made these figures so grand. The way of living, behaviour towards others, moral values, attitude and a desire to learn and grow to be a better person are some of the most basic qualities all the different Gods have.

Instead of being pushed into a religion, I believe people should have a right to choose a faith. And there's nothing better than to teach the children about it. Introducing religion as a concept in school and making it interactive, open ended and unbiased will make the children understand all the religions equally and give them a better perspective. It will make them understand and respect the various subtleties and behaviour of different faiths.

Allow them to choose a God rather than restricting and forcing them to worship one. Its imbecilic to constraint people to one religion and one god. The concept should give people happiness and not pain. Its a support system. we should work it away from the rigid and ridiculed tenets that it has been inculcating.

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    Dec 21 2011: @ David Hamilton:

    My idea is to move beyond religion, towards a better life as humans. The morals we are teaching in schools are moot on the children. Blame the way of teaching or the social psyche. Religion is an easy way to combine concept of "following" and "moral living", hence the idea.

    I am an apathetist. I don't think this, by any means, frees me of moral obligations and being humane. People these days are more involved in forming a sect and forgetting that things that divide them from the others are skin color, language spoken and God followed. All are cosmetic.

    I vote for a broader mind over a cult religion.
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      Dec 21 2011: An apathetist... Does that mean you don't care if there is a god, because you'll be moral anyway? I really dig that word, if that is in fact what it means... because I guess that is what I am too. I think it would be cool, if there was a cannon of literature to teach our children for that philosophy as well.

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