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Sam Warren History 5th Period 7th Grade 1/27/14 Belief Essay Opening A belief system is important for

r a successful civilization because it influences the way people think. It influences the way that people feel about things. It also influences the way people make decisions. If you want your civilization to be in order, you should have one religion like Buddhism, Hinduism, or Confucianism to standardize the way people think. A belief system is important for a successful civilization because it prevents thievery and murder by everybody having some moral value, and brings unity to the community. To better understand the role of belief systems within a civilization and how they can influence the actions and decisions of the people, consider the following moral dilemma. Obey or Resist! Joe is a fourteen-year-old boy who wanted to go to camp very much. His father promised him he could go if he saved up the money for it himself. So Joe worked hard at his paper route and saved up the $40 dollars it cost to go to camp, and a little more besides. But just before camp was going to start, his father changed his mind. Some of his fathers friends decided to go on a special fishing trip, and Joe's father was short of the money it would cost. So he told Joe to give him the money he had saved from the paper route. Joe didn't want to give up going to camp, so he thinks of refusing to give his father the money. What is the correct moral decision for Joe to make? State your reasoning. Explain how you came to decide what is right and what is wrong in this case? If a Hindu were faced with this decision, they would give up the money and let their dad take the money for the fishing trip. Although, their dad would not be making a good decision as a Hindu by going on the fishing trip. As stated by Frey, Hindus believe that all life forms have a soul, so Hindus respect all forms of life and avoid doing them harm, (148). He would be faced with bad karma and pay for it in his next life. In Joes case, he would get good karma and be rewarded in their next life by getting to be a higher caste while their dad would become a lower caste in his next life. Joe could become a Shudra if he was an Untouchable, a Vaishya if he was a Shudra, a Kshatriya if he was a Vaishya, and even a Brahmin if he as a Kshatriya. On the other hand, his dad would become a Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra, Untouchable, or

even an animal! This is just one of the ways that a Hindu would solve a moral dilemma. If a Buddhist were faced with this decision, they would also give up the money and let their dad take the money for the fishing trip. Joe shouldnt have a craving for camp. As stated by Frey, Suffering is caused by all cravings The way to end all suffering is to give up all cravings, (159). If Joe really wanted to go to camp, he would not go. To go to camp and really want to go is a craving for camp, and the correct way to be a Buddhist is to give up all cravings unless you want to suffer. But, Joes dad should also not go on the trip because it is a craving for fishing and it is also killing and lying to Joe because he said Joe could go if he saved up the money. But since the question is on what Joe should do, then he should give him the money. This is the way that a Buddhist would solve this moral dilemma. A belief system is important for a successful civilization because it shows a way to do something. It gives a person have a different mindset and a different outlook on problems that are happening around them. It helps the person who doesnt know what to think make their decisions. When someone is running for president, they are almost giving someone a belief system because they are telling the voters the right decision to make. A belief system is important for a successful civilization because it standardizes the way that people think.