Essay about The View Of A Human 's Role

1406 Words Mar 8th, 2016 6 Pages
1. Over the course of history, the view of a human’s role in society has been constantly changing. While some societies are very solitary, centered on the individual, other societies are focused on group identity and how the individual can do best to benefit the group. The view of the individual as being important or merely a pawn in the grand scheme of things greatly effects how the society is conducted and how successful the society is. The Buddhist society views humans as on the road to enlightenment, following in the footsteps of their leader, Buddha. The ultimate goal of the process, according to the Buddhists is to achieve an ending to a life of suffering. They value humans as important, but no more important than other living things. Humans are valued differently because of the road they are on, but they are not valued more highly than others. Buddhists believe one ought to do no harm. Because everyone is on this same path to nirvana, one should not interfere with another’s path to enlightenment. Buddhists believe that all living things have been endowed with spirits, and all things should, therefore, be treated with dignity. For this reason, many Buddhists are devout vegetarians. They do not believe it is right to end the life of another animal in order to keep one’s own life going. Buddhists are very much individualists, each moving along his own path to enlightenment. In comparison, the Hebrew society values humans as being more important than other living…

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