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Article Title: We tend to objectify almost everything


Article Summary

The article at issue helps the reader understand the difference between the effects of objectivity and subjectivity. The author says that even though most things in life, like religion and love and the weather, are subjective, humans tend to view them all in objective terms, or at least try to objectify them. That is so because the human mind naturally takes better and easier to objectivity than to subjectivity. When things are objectified and traced back to concrete things and tokens, they become measurable, and hence liable to be compared in a sea of things than can be measured for their sizes. The disparity in the effects of viewing things objectively and subjectively are most evident when it comes to the issue of religion, argues the author. Where we should have been living our lives in accordance with the teachings of a saint or principled figure, we are just concerned with the life and brand of the teacher and anxious to profit off them. This is true even for political figures like Gandhi, apart from religious figures like Gautama Buddha and Krishna. The author says that if only we lived our lives according to their sayings, instead of rushing to offer them prayers, we would be doing them the greatest service, and ourselves too. We could kill objectification in that way, and be granted peace of mind.


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Words to learn from this article:

Objectivity: the quality of being unbiased, and not rooted in personal judgment.

Subjectivity: the quality of being relative, and dependent on the experiences and understanding of people.

Perceives: understands something to be the case.

Propagator: someone responsible for the spread of something.

Conflict: a lack of harmony in intentions.



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