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Re: Greek oath

Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
As intelligent and logical human beings, we have to question what is
said by the 'wise'. Worshipping something without understanding it is
nothing but idolatry. To that extent, i would agree with Marx that
religion is the opiate of the masses. My own interpretation of the Gita
radically differs from those by scholars like Radhakrishnan, et al,
because I have questioned what they have said.

Indrajit Barua.

>Date: Sat, 13 Nov 1999 02:35:53 -0800 (PST)
>From: Charu datt <charuX@lucent.com>
>To: debate@indiapolicy.org
>Subject: Re: Greek oath
>Reply-To: debate@indiapolicy.org
>Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
>Very nice indeed. A noble sentiment. BUT...
>i believe we can learn something from the context in which
>this oath was created. athens is held up as the cradle of
>western democracy and some sort of ideal political system.
>the actual 'citizens' of athens, or people who could vote,
>constituted less than 10% of the people of athens.
>another 15% or so were so called 'free men' and the
>remaining majority were slaves.
>what can we conclude from this?
>that entrusting all political power to a sub-10% elite
>results in a flowering of art, litereature, and culture?
>that slavery of near 80% of the population is desireable?
>what i conclude from this example is that it is foolish
>and dangerous to worship designated ideals without
>questioning what they mean and examining the consequences
>of how these ideals/slogans are interpreted and applied.
>worthy sentiments [such as expressed in this oath],
>absent scrutiny and thoughtful examination are worthless.
>"Dr. Sanjeev Sabhlok" wrote:
>> Very nice. Will place it on an appropriate place on IPI's site and
>pass it
>> on to others.
>> At 10:01 PM 10/30/99 -0700, Mukul Asher wrote:
>> >I have come across the following oath which the Athenians were
>> >to take in the ancient times. Perhaps it has relevance for each and
>> >one of us in our individual professional and personal lives.
>> >
>> >We will stive increasingly
>> >to quicken the public sense of public duty;
>> >That thus... we will transmit this city
>> >not only not less, but greater,
>> >better and more beautiful
>> >than it was transmitted to us.

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