“I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.” – Thomas Jefferson
Of all the foolish things men do, I can think of none more harmful or limiting than when a man abandons his free thinking in favor of adopting the creed of a party of men.
Every man is born into a complex web of secular and religious praxis which offer ready solutions to the questions of purpose, meaning and value. This web is designed to promote a sense of continuity, belonging and security, but it tends to value loyalty to its tenets over true (ergo potentially heretical) thinking.
What a man does to discover and safeguard his free and moral agency – in accordance with truth – largely defines his value in living.