THE AIM AND WAY OF LIFE
Venerable Sri Dhammananda Mahathera
As human beings we must have an aim in our life. A person not observing a righteous way of life will never find the aim of life and if he does not uphold some noble principles he can even become a danger to society. No doubts scientists and psychologists have widened our intellectual horizon, but they have not likewise been able to give us a purpose in life, which only noble principles could do.
Religion also originally developed as humanism to uphold humane qualities. Later, it was introduced as a divine law. However, a noble way of life is needed to maintain our human values and dignity. The noble of life to be discussed here is a proven method wherein by cultivating the mind one could gain supreme wisdom.
Countries in which attempts were made to supplant the noble principles of religion with socialism or materialism have been proved to be modern day failures. It is apparent that human beings must have some noble principles to gain confidence in life.
Human beings must choose a rational and meaningful way of life based on their firm conviction and not one founded on mere mythological beliefs, traditional practices and theories. One should not force anyone to accept any particular religious laws nor exploit his or her sake of poverty, illiteracy or emotions to induce that person to accept their beliefs.
A person should be free to choose a reasonable way of life according to his or her understanding capacity. Following a religion blindly only abuses human intelligence and dignity. Human beings have common sense to distinguish between right and wrong. They can adapt themselves to changing circumstances. They should therefore choose a respectable way of life that is suitable and one that measures up to their expectations. They must be properly guided in this respect and then given a chance to decide for themselves without recourse to any form of coercion.