Some recent posts on Ephemeral Ruminations have had to do with religion, profanity and other topics whose values most folk tend to hold dear. Not all that many responses have resulted from these posts however, although, from the available stats, it does appear that a fair number have apparently read them. ‘Kadalay’ was one who seemed prepared to analyse his thoughts on ‘religion’, as did ‘Sitting Nut’, to whom I suggested that since he seemed so keen on getting into the subject, perhaps he would consider doing a piece on it. ‘Kadalay’ responded that he thought this would be a good idea – to open a debate on the subject. And there it stands.

‘Values’, I guess, is the crucial aspect in any debate, as the ‘value’ that one assigns to a set of information is what one sets out to apply to one’s view on any given topic. And, of course, as I have reiterated in previous views, it is ‘conditioning’ that sets the individual’s value system. So if Indrajith finds Ravana’s or others’ views on the mindlessness of Mahinda to be in direct contrast to his own, his profane outburst is a direct result of his clinging to the values he holds dear and would be in direct proportion to the weight of his value system. In other words, the more strongly one feels about a given opinion, the more strongly will one respond – if one bothers to at all.

We have seen similar situations with regard to groundview’s posts in general and Sanjana’s posts in particular. These have elicited incredibly hostile responses that have degenerated to appalling levels of banality and gross vulgarity (my own value system at work here!) which could have been much better put, given the obvious intelligence(?) the respondents possess. The unfortunate thing about all this is that the chance to delve into the values expressed by the various players is lost when the level of the debate sinks to such depths that it ceases to be of value to those who are genuinely interested in assessing the views.

As I posited in my previous post, ‘profanity’ could be such a groovy means of expression and a valuable tool for communication if used appropriately. But here again, it would depend on how the expressions used are perceived by the one who is being addressed – in other words, on one’s ‘values’. The same would apply to religion, race, caste and other aspects of our lives that have been assigned ‘heavy-weight’ values and that have been the cause of so much suffering, destruction and death throughout the centuries. The need to defend one’s position or view leads many to precipitate the most horrendous acts of mindless violence and unspeakable horrors. And for what? And why?

So here we are, clinging to our values and expressing ourselves accordingly and here we shall stand – unless of course we have the capacity to cleanse ourselves of conditioned responses and take a more objective view of others’ views before leaping to the fray with all the old shit that is ossified in the memory banks and blinds the mind’s eye.

In the end it’s just a question of values, isn’t it? Let’s just leave it there for now.