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The Brainwashed: A True Story

Popularity 1Viewed 386 times 2017-6-14 11:57 |System category:Life| happiness, standards, marriage, personal, physical

According to Carl Jung, there are five basic factors for happiness and these factors are :
1. Good physical and mental health
2. Good personal and intimate relationships , such as those of marriage , the family, and friendships.
3. The faculty for preceving beauty in art and nature.
4. Reasonable standards of living and satisfactory work.
5. A philosophic or religious point of view capable of coping successfully eith the vicissitudes of life.

Well, we can't underestimate the power of belife and religion, many people claim that they found happiness and peace of mind in embracing a faith or a philosophy that brings them comfort and relief them from the miserable life that they are leading, despite of the lack of knowledge about this faith beacuse above all they seek solace not truth.
This is a true story that happened to me in 2014. I was on the subway coming back to the campus from Shanghai down town after I met a friend for dinner . It was the Chinese New Year's Eve. After a while , a guy got on the subway and sat beside me, he stared at me if like he wanted to break the ice , i tried to ignore him but he took the initative, he took out his bible , Chinese version , and proudly said to me that he reads the bible and asked me if i was Christian, I told him that I m not a believer in any faith because i know a lot about religion and  that I was a deep beliver as well. 

He felt a bit disappointed but didn't give up and carried on to sugarcoat his faith. I asked him several questions about the bible and how it contradicts scientific truths and historical evidnces. He turned to be a blind beliver and knew nothing about the faith. He told me that he can't answer my questions but he believes that the priest will be able to explain everything to him and he would ask him on sunday when he goes to church. 
I asked him where was he heading because he is a local person and that he supposed to celebrate Chinese New Year with his family , he told me that he was going back to campus for a bible study ( as he put it ) and that celebrating chinese new year is idoltary and it's against the bible's teaching. I was shocked when he told me that celebrating birthdays is also against his faith. I knew from him that he studies at the same universtiy with me and that he was going to meet his brothers and sisters for the bible study.

He invited me to join their seminar and i accepted his invitation. At about 7 pm. I recieved a text message telling me the room number , I went over, I found a group of people , males and females packed in like sardines in a very small room and each one held a bible except me , a kind lady who had an english version of the bible shared with me . They started the seminar by playing the guitar and singing spirtual songs and then he started lecturing them from the bible and then he sked everyone to share a personal story that reflects the grace of the faith. A lady said that after believing in Jesus Christ , her life has completely trasformed and that she lives in peace, she said even her parents' relationship is getting better, my parents used to quarrel and fight all the time , but this time i went home and i found them leading a very happy relationship and i believe that Jesus has mercy on them. They ended their seminar by eating fruit and having converstaions. I asked for permission and went back to me room .

I never went to the seminar again despite of the invitations. Two weeks later , I met him on campus and was entirely shocked when i knew that he was a phD student , I asked him about his plans for the future since he was working on his phD in computer science , he told me that he is not going to look for a job or get married , he would rather go traveling and preaching to convince more people to join his faith.  

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Reply Report Liononthehunt 2017-6-14 17:13
An interesting story.
Talking about happiness, I would recommend people learn something about a branch of the science of psychology, namely, positive psychology, which is the study of happiness, or in academic parlance, the scientific study of optimal human function. It provides a perspective on happiness based on sound research and lab experiments, and is far removed from what we came across before about happiness.
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-6-14 19:37
Liononthehunt: An interesting story.
Talking about happiness, I would recommend people learn something about a branch of the science of psychology, namely, positive ...
Yes , psychology can probably help to decipher the secrets of happiness ....

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