Conformism

Conformism, meanwhile, is a preference to act in the same way as others in one’s community. The urge to conform is a profound part of the human psyche and one that can lead us to take actions we know to be harmful. When we add conformism to the model, what we see is the emergence of cliques of agents who hold false beliefs. The reason is that agents connected to the outside world do not pass along information that conflicts with their group’s beliefs, meaning that many members of the group never learn the truth.

Misinformation.

Irrespective of one’s viewpoint on the article, which is not the focus of this posting, the above definition stands and is accurate. It affects so many aspects of our life and allows us to willingly ignore the truth. We may want to rely on our conformist group for security and assurance, but ultimate we individually will be judged for ignoring Truth.

. . . the Positivism of the French philosopher Auguste Comte, Communism and several other types of Socialism, Fascism, Nazism, and certain kinds of nationalism.  That all these “-isms” belong to the 19th or 20th century may suggest that ideologies are no older than the word itself – that they belong essentially to a period in which secular belief has increasingly replaced traditional religious faith.

Ideology.

When an -ism or ideology–“the word first made its appearance in French as idéologie at the time of the French Revolution,” the “science of ideas” for the betterment of man–it was and still is a word “with a marked emotive content.” Man is relying on passionate ideas “aimed at serving men, even saving them, by ridding their minds of prejudice and preparing them for the sovereignty of reason.”

A religious theory of reality is constructed in terms of a divine order and is seldom, like that of the ideologist, centred on this world alone.  A religion may present a vision of a just society, but it cannot easily have a practical political program.  The emphasis of religion is on faith and worship; its appeal is to inwardness and its aim the redemption or purification of the human spirit.  An ideology speaks to the group, the nation, or the class.  Some religions acknowledge their debt to revelation, whereas ideology always believes, however mistakenly, that it lives by reason alone.

Ideology.

When politics, especially an -ism enters into religion, the only possible outcome is the corruption of the religion.