posted on May, 7 2009 @ 03:49 PM
I think that psychology and sociology courses would probably be more useful. Ethics courses seem to only work in the short term, and in academia
immediate punishments, such as being punished for cheating, are the main motivation to behave. In the real world, of course, punishment is not nearly
as immediate, if ever carried out. Religion of course shouldn't be in school.
Psychology and sociology provide a happy medium between understanding the self and society as a whole. If an individual can understand their own
cognitive functioning, they may be more inclined to understand their insecurities/mal adaptive behaviors and thus understand their need for security
devices, whether they be drugs, religion, power, etc. Only through understanding the self, can we ever expect to comprehend humanity as a whole.
While we may never walk in each others' shoes, we may be able to grasp the dispositions and situational factors that mold other people's
personalities. Further, psychology and sociology provide an understanding of people as completely insignificant and priceless at the same time. We
are all the center of our own universe, yet in the end we are all dust.
Lastly, psychology and sociology are not based on a specific dogma, as there are multiple theories to borrow from, creating a more adaptive
understanding of humanity and the individual, which I feel that religion tends to lack as well as spirituality, as there is still a subjective
tradition, not based on empirical evidence, while psychology tries to apply the scientific model to its theories.