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zakoi Post time: 2014-2-9 17:45
As You told we don't understand, It's your responsibility to make us understand.
of course, i will tell you what I understand by the caste system, but you tell me what you mean by 'appreciate' and what you understand by the caste system, it is not just that you have heard the word. I saw one person telling what he thinks it was for. I disagree with it. I want to know what YOU understand by it.
As I understand it, it was started as a profiling system for individuals, by two of the famous 'rishis' who contributed to the compilation of the Vedas. What they suggested and recommended became distorted and entrenched socially as a means to protect one's turf. It became more and more associated with a person's profession and social status and people married mostly within the same. It went on for thousands of years and has been both used and abused like any theory or principle. In its orginal form and as a principle exists and thrives even today in many forms in all parts of the world even today - profiling a person based on their background (racial or family), their psychological make up to treat them in a certain way, or guide them towards a certain professions, job, social standing, economic opportunities and ultimately it becomes an inherited class. Over a long period of time, unless there is a large proportion of intermarriage between people of different types, economic status and from disparate places, people start to be associated with a certain type or class or 'caste' as the Indian system has been named.
I find it here and everywhere - in modern terms - White AngloSaxons would be effectively the highcaste, Other Europeans would be one, Jews would one, Muslims another, Blacks in the USA would be one, Hispanics in the USA another, Blacks in Africa and Hispanics in their native countries would be another caste, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indians would each be a different caste effectively. Native Americans, Aborigines, other ethnic groups would each be another caste, much lower than the higher castes. Just like when the original profiling system started, the Rishis said that the caste is not strictly by inheritence but by content of character, and opportunities should be free for a person to reach their own individual potential, but that one has to watch for inherited traits, they are a fact. But in practice, just like in all organised religions or societies with written principles or constitution, the reality starts to deviate from the original spirit or the letter of the law... But it is still a principle used widely and will I believe for ever - profiling and treating a person on that basis.. even making social policies based on that.