Reflective Journal Week 6

The topic of this week is one of the most sensitive so far because it touches spiritual life os students despite their race, gender, age, social backgrounds and family beliefs. Most of the time students grow up under certain religion, and they follow that faith wherever they go. Sometimes, a specific religion is not chosen by the student, for example, children of a Muslim couple don't choose that religion, they were born in that religion and they will have the conviction about that religion. There are some cases where young adults go to college and their perspective about life and religion could chance. Higher education institutions should respect students decision about religion.

Children cannot choose their religion, their family does.
I believe the purpose of all major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts. ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, c.1996

It is important to know that religion has been part of higher education since these were created. For example, Harvard and Yale university were created by puritans; Columbia and University of Pennsylvania were created by the Church of England. Today, they are not fully related to religions, but still having their temples remembering those days where religion was part of their programs and education was only for a select group of male students. Also, almost every higher education institution in the United State accept students despite their religions.

Religion is the sign of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, and the soul of soul-less conditions. It is the opium of the people. ~Karl Marx, "Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right," 1884

Universities and colleges in general respect students beliefs and in many cases provide space and advice about their spiritual life. Also, there are religious clubs where students can share and practice their faith with other students. This is a free country and we can practice any religion we feel comfortable with.

Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it isn't there. You can't see the future, yet you know it will come; you can't see the air, yet you continue to breathe. - Claire London

Credits:

Created with images by Paul Trafford - "A small stack of books for religious studies" • jonny.hunter - "Finn finds religion" • waldryano - "woman praying prayer faith" • Jonas B - "My other religion" • ilovemypit - "Prayer Hands"

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