Going against it could mean a social set back that range from admonishment, being social ostracized to outright violence. It is also the tendency of people to be comfortable with the status quo.
3. Identify one socially shared idea that you once believed but then questioned and abandoned. How did you learn to embrace this idea? What influenced you to reevaluate and abandon this idea? Why do others continue to believe this idea?
When I was a kid, I used to believe that my God or the manner I worship my Supreme Being is the only true way of worshipping. When I grow up and became better educated, I realized that people vary in the manner they worship their gods and that asserting that one’s religion is the only true god causes conflict. So I learned toleration and respect of how people worship their gods. I did not abandon or questioned my faith. I just learned how to keep it to myself and learned to respect the faith of others in the same manner that I expected them to respect my own beliefs.
I reevaluated my previous perspective because I happen to keep in touch with a lot of good people outside my religion and realized that people can still be good even if they have different faith. Also, I realized that intolerance and extremism causes conflict and that it is better to respect each other’s faith to live harmoniously.
People in general resist change because they fear the unknown. This is particularly true when it comes to ideas where the tried and the familiar are already comfortable. More especially if the established idea is supported and sanctioned by authorities that questioning it could be detrimental to the one who asks. Moreso when one wants to change it that could even endanger one’s lives. There are several classic examples for this on how people in authority could go extreme when established ideas are challenged. The stories of Copernicus who challenged the idea that the earth is not the center of the