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10 Societal Norms We Follow Blindly, Yet Nothing Can Match Their Absurdity

By Vandita

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Money On Our Minds

Greed is now normal in our increasingly money-centric society, one in which money is at the center of virtually all thoughts, decisions and activities, and takes precedence over basics like air, water, food quality, energy and environment.

Economic Disparity

While we acknowledge that the gap between the rich and poor has widened, very few see it as a serious issue. In fact, we utilize an economic trading system that facilitates the death of millions of people each year.

The Regional Divide

We love to classify things. We love to draw boundaries and borders because they give us a sense of order. We have separated the world into countries, the Earth into continents. We have divided the world’s land into sections; and are now fighting over the ownership of these sections.

License To Kill

A soldier is the one who serves in an army – to protect a nation. These days our soldiers are fighting in other countries prompting deadly clashes and killing locals to bring world peace.

Cruelty To Animals

We torture and kill millions of animals every day needlessly for food, clothing, and experiments. Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, using cosmetics, and going to circuses and zoos. Did any of us ever ask this pertinent question: Don’t animals have rights?

Schooling A Waste Of Time

Most of you would agree that there is a difference between education and school; and that you can be intelligent and prosper without going to school. Still, we send our children to school for their entire childhood to memorize facts and skills that they will rarely use.

Side Effects Of Parenting

Providing future financial security for your family robs you of time with your children forcing you to miss out on vital stages of your child’s development. If you were to ask your kids what they would like most – money or your time – time would be the answer. Still we all fall into the dreaded pit of thinking that our job is more important than spending time with our family.

Religious Diversity

The aim of all religion is the spiritual and moral upliftment of human beings. Belief in one God is the cornerstone of all religions. In theory, since there is one God, there can be only one religion. In practice, though, we have thousands of religions, each one believing that their God or god-story is the only true and unique version.

The War Over Peace

Love and compassion, which promote life, are mocked as facile. Whereas war, which harms life, is seen as honorable. When we want to resolve a conflict, we choose war, not love.

Inventions And Patents

Technology does not always get passed from one society to another. Instead, many nations are deliberately left out of developments to benefit the people who hold the power. In fact, some inventions are not created for the advancement of humanity but to serve a few. Scientists protect their inventions from being used by a wider audience as most are only concerned about making money out of their research. And we are perfectly okay with these practices.

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