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  • Posted By: sohogirl
  • Date Posted: 11/22/2010
  • Category: Philosophy
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Arranged Marriages

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Arranged Marriages

My Stand: I believe that arranged marriages are a social injustice. I feel that they deprive individuals of their liberation and goes against the first amendment freedom of speech, press, assembly and most of all choice. Marriage is a commitment of two people who have made a vow to love each other till death. Well in India, marriages are arranged and set up by the parents of the bride, without her consent. The parents search for a man they feel is compatible for their daughter, based on his background, wealth and health. Imagine crying but no one sees your tears. Imagine you can’t play music or watch T.V., just imagine your freedom is taken from you, because of the traditions that occur in your culture. Imagine that you have to spend the rest of your life with a person you don’t love.

I take the stand on this issue, on the basis of this principle, as stated in “The World Philosophy/A text with reading”, pg. 263. “Tradition, authority and prejudice, all three of these items are ambiguous and one can view them negatively as a source of error or positively as the necessary accompaniment of all knowledge and experience.” “Tradition is only a form of authority.” “No amount of emancipation can free one from one’s culture and heritage. Tradition, authority and prejudice are just words for pre- experience and pre-knowledge which becomes indeed the conditions of all the future experiences and knowledge. These words underline the essential historicity of man, the fact that he is born into and limited within a culture from which limits he can soar, though always in a limited way.” The principle as I interpreted is conveying that, rituals are a form of power that enables people to practice these traditions through the course of ...

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