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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 cant play music or watch TV 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 dont love I take the stand on this issue on the basis of this principle as stated in The World PhilosophyA 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 ones 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 their lives Who makes these traditions and why must we adhere to them No quantity of liberation can at no cost rescue or deliver an individual
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