With uncertainty and unfamiliarity you have fear. Seems like a big stretch, huh? Despite what you may think, they go hand in hand. Fear is commonly associated with unfamiliar situations or topics. Like being in a typical horror movie situation, you don’t know if you’re going to live or not, fear driven by uncertainty. Or being lost in a completely unfamiliar place, fear driven by unfamiliarity. For many situations there’s no way around them except for plowing through them with fear yet hopes of coming out alive. For others there’s a little thing called educating yourself.
From this analysis of fear, you have ignorance. Now the term ignorance has a common stigma for those who oppose particular ideals and beliefs just because they don’t comprehend the subject matter. As a snowball effect, this ignorance driven by fear, then produces hate. A common school of thought is that hate is taught, not born. This means that an early age, we are molded and sculpted by our parents and other elderly figures. They teach us the morals, ideas, and beliefs that they were taught as kids, which the cycle repeats as we teach the same to the next generation.
Because of this inevitable cycle, fear and ignorance continues to persist throughout time. Of course as times changed, so has morals, ideals, and beliefs. But many people hold tradition highly as they refuse to accept new age ideas and deprive the next generation of those ideas. Specifically, a stigma has developed over time with going to college. This stigma has now been associated with any sort of higher education. That stigma of course is that once you attend college, all the morals and beliefs you have been taught since childhood, disappear.
I could see the fear that many have with that basis being changed, but with knowledge you aid humanity and society in advancing. This whole concept could be related to the Old Testament story of Adam and Eve. As the story goes, Adam and Eve were given paradise to live in by God. They were allowed to stay in paradise if they did not take from the Tree of Knowledge. Of course, they ended up eating from the Tree and were banned from Eden, their paradise. I believe the fear of progressing and advancing in one’s knowledge is seen as devilish because of this common bible story.
Now that we’re “fucked” thanks to Adam and Eve’s actions, all that we can do is try to work with what we have. We don’t have paradise, but we do have knowledge. With that knowledge we can create paradise, or something similar. With that knowledge we can build so many different things and live for ourselves. It’s not like God will be willing to let us into that “paradise” anytime soon, at least in regards to paradise on Earth. So all that we can do is work with what we have.
That mentality of being practical can now be associated with progression in a way. It’s being progressive by the use of knowledge to think of how to get by with the current circumstances, in it’s most basic and general form. From that experience alone, you gain more knowledge for the future and to better prepare you for future situations. If I had a thesis to write based on tradition versus progression, this would be the base argument that I would make!
No matter what you believe in, it is totally unfair to have this common bible story attach a stigma to progression. Yeah life would have been a lot easier for Adam and Eve. Everything that they truly needed was given to them, life was simple. But that simplicity holds you back from achieving more, doing more, being more. In a way, that want for progression can be seen as greed though. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.
If anything, there will always be this clusterfuck of ignorance and hate. I guess what I’m trying to say is is to achieve more, go out and do more, strive to become a better human being. Growing as a person is always a good thing. It benefits not only yourself but others around you.
But all of this really is just 99 problems…