By Hasnain Walji Ph.D.
Throughout history, prophets and reformers have delivered powerful messages promoting equality, justice, truthfulness, and peaceful coexistence. These fundamental teachings, divinely ordained, were meant to guide humanity towards a better world. However, they often faced rejection and resistance from people entrenched in their false beliefs. In this blog, we delve into the common thread that runs through the reaction to reform in various eras and regions. We explore the underlying reasons for this resistance and highlight the importance of critical thinking in challenging traditionally held beliefs.
Unveiling Obvious Truths:
At first glance, the values preached by prophets and reformers seem self-evident. Peaceful coexistence, the concept of a loving and caring God who treats all equally – these ideas resonate with our innate sense of fairness and compassion. So why do these teachings face resistance? The answer lies not in our inability to understand these obvious truths, but in our lack of confidence to question traditional beliefs.
Overcoming Insecurity and Fear:
Reforming long-held beliefs requires courage and the willingness to challenge the status quo. However, insecurity and fear often hold us back. We fear being ostracized or labeled as heretics for questioning established norms. But true progress can only be achieved by breaking free from these shackles and embracing critical thinking. It is through introspection and questioning that we can separate truth from tradition.
The Power of Constant Encouragement:
To embark on the path of reform, we must support and empower one another. Encouragement plays a vital role in fostering a culture of critical thinking. By constantly reminding ourselves and others to think critically, we create an environment where individuals feel safe to challenge prevailing beliefs. Together, we can overcome the fear of being different and embrace a mindset that welcomes intellectual exploration and growth.
Questioning the Validity:
Reform necessitates a continuous evaluation of the validity of our beliefs. We must approach our cherished traditions and customs with a critical eye, questioning their relevance and compatibility with the values we hold dear. By engaging in honest introspection and dialogue, we can discern between cultural practices that align with our core principles and those that may require reform.
The journey of reform begins with the courage to think critically and challenge long-held beliefs. It is through this process that we can unveil the obvious truths that lie beneath the surface. By overcoming insecurity and fear, and fostering a culture of encouragement and empowerment, we can create a society that embraces reform as a pathway to progress. Let us stand together, united in our commitment to critical thinking, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and positive change. That is what the Oasis Center is here to facilitate.