Arvin Drei A. Maras
Dann Ervin Tolentino
Professor Nikolo MC Panganoron
March 19, 2015
Blissful Ignorance: Grasping the Filipino Psyche on the Matters of Religion
“Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise” (Wikipedia 2015). This was a phrase from an English poet named Thomas Gray. He was reflecting with nostalgia on a time when he was a kid where he was allowed to be ignorant. I'd like to use that phrase to illustrate what it's like to live a happier life when you're oblivious. It's better to not know the facts, however horrible it may be, and just have obscure faith. When you're a kid, you are allowed to not know things for the better because the realities of the world, then and now, can “corrupt” the mind of the innocent child. That means the adults would like the kids to be stupid for a while because they are powerless and helpless to the truth of their circumstance. Max Horkheimer said that critical theory seeks “to liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them” (Wikipedia 2015). I'd like to say that the circumstance that enslave the world today would be that thing called “Religion”. Religion is a powerful force that can control billions of people and make them do something that they won't do otherwise. The other side would argue that why would atheists waste time on disproving religion if they don't believe in it in the first place. Why can't they just let the believers believe what they want to believe? My answer would be that people now use “Religion” or their “God” as a reason to kill and terrorize. And another thing would be that for something to be disproved, first it must be proved. Who on earth can really prove that “God” exists and supplant it with facts? One could say that it is the root of all evil. That anything good that comes out of it can be gotten without the mumbo-jumbo and the bad that comes out of it supersedes everything else because it deals with the loss of life and the finality that comes with it. This paper intends to find out what would the Filipinos do if something specific disproves their religious beliefs. To recognize the Filipino mindset on the topic of Religion, how they live a religious life and if they would be able to change and adapt as “the only thing that is constant is change” (Goodreads 2015).
In consumer behaviour studies, the “blissful ignorance effect” is when people who have good information about a product are not expected to be as happy with the product than people who have less information about it (Schiffman 1998, 95). This happens because the person who bought the product wants to feel like they have bought the right thing. However, if the person already knows how the product works, they have a tougher time trying to justify the product to themselves if it has any problems (Wikipedia 2013). In an experiment to test the blissful ignorance effect, two groups were created and told information about a product. The first group was told about the manufacturer's claims and given research from an outside company, the second group was given minimal information about the product. At the end of the experiment the subjects were interviewed and the researcher found that the subjects in the second group had expected the product to perform better than the first group had (Solomon 2011, 318). The two groups were told about one product and let them test it but their product experience differ because of their perceived information about the product. One was ecstatic and another was indifferent because they knew all along about what the product can do. We used this title because we'd like to compare the concept of religion as a commodity. People consume Religion and are “blissfully ignorant” of its results. The product in the context of this paper would be Religion. That believers do not have all the information but still believe and they have the illusion of happiness while those who oppose it might...
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