My vision of an enlightened society:
1. TV is looked down upon and rarely, if ever, watched.
2. "Preschool" is mandatory for every child and has no focus at all on academics. Instead, tolerance, responsibility, and respect for all creatures and the enviroment are the lessons.
3. Children are not allowed to graduate high school until they have achieved a 12th grade reading level.
3. Leaders of countries talk out differences, and if no conclusion can be reached, they themselves fight a duel, in a closed arena, to the death! Huzzah! (then the people get to decide what happens next)
4. No more "mental institutions". Those deemed mentally unsound are given the best health care available, in supportive group homes.
5. Spiritual leaders are seen as advisors only, and are never thought of as infallible.
6. Barbie dolls and G.I. Joe dolls are outlawed.
I could think of a lot more, and yes some of these are tongue-in-cheek.
~~I deem it an uncivilized society when human beings are forced to accept certain rules without justification. ~~~
People accept the dogma because that is what feels like "truth" to those folks. People who believe that Bush represents morality, really believe that. And they would argue to the death with you over the belief that they have never been "forced" to believe such.
~~Similarly, if some politician suggests that we should go and invade another country, we must demand clear evidence that such military action is justified and is in our best interest.~~~
B-b-but the President is fighting for OUR freedom! Again, we have blind faith and trying to reason with people who have this blind faith gets us nowhere. We're "commies" "unpatriotic", or we just plain hate our country.
The way to change this is to start with education, of the very young. A total revamping of our educational system... but that would be one hell of a fight.
Yes, in theory, all that you have said makes a lot of sense. In practicality, it seems nearly impossible in light of where we are now.