Dogmas originate from the last centuries and represent beliefs whose claimable truth is considered as unalterable. These beliefs have their seeds in religion, in culture, in political and philosophical movements, have been passed on from generation to generation and have been rarely challenged.
Dogmas define our thinking – consciously or unconsciously -, and therewith our actions. They point out what is good and what is bad, what is normal and what is not normal.
The underlying beliefs can support and encourage us, they can provide feelings of security or even guidelines:
- “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway®” (Dr. Susan Jeffers)
- “I can deal with it.”
- “Shun not the mead,
but drink in measure;
Speak to the point or be still;
For rudeness none
shall rightly blame thee,
If soon thy bed thou seekest.” (The Edda)
- “Yes, we can.” (Barack Obama)
But dogmas can also stand in our way, when we want to progress, as an individual, as a society or as an enterprise:
- “… just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” (Jude 7, New Testament)
- “To learn from the Sowjet Union is to learn how to be victorious.” (GDR propaganda)
- “I am already too old to change.”
- “Workers obey the same laws as do the different parts of a machine.” (Frederick Taylor)
With the articles and interviews in this blog, I would like to provide an impetus to challenge the claimable truth of dogmas in today’s time – and wherever possible, to replace obsolete beliefs with new, forward-thinking ones.