07/10/2017 (Mon) 16:27:13
I think an ideology gathers all the thoughts from a certain perspective on a common topic of those thoughts. For example socialism gathers the thoughts on equality and argues on the importance of equality. An ideology isn't unchangeable it is slowly shaped by it's advocates however it's rough shape should remain the original (or it turns into something else) but new thoughts are added in time, corrections can be made. Ideologies can inspire people to give birth to forms of government, social institutions, economical systems etc.
People can but don't need to be committed to a specific ideology. They are good to know however as this knowledge can help get through life in our time and age. Noone was born with true judgement but we have the chance to learn the worth ours and others' by learning about the world and lots of thoughts on important topics are summarized by ideologies. Yes, lots of people follow blindly certain advocates of certain ideologies just because they heard some wise, semi-wise or pseudo-wise thoughts from those but this doesn't mean that following the teachings of an ideology is wrong or the ideology in itself is wrong. Also someone who consider himself a follower a certain ideology shouldn't necessarily accept automatically everything which other followers think or say on that topic. One can and should make up his own mind. For example someone who thinks that equality among people or a subset of people is an important thing hence he's a follower of socialism doesn't necessarily agrees with Marx' thoughts expressed in the Communist Manifesto.
Of course the more specialized a certain ideology, the less general it's topic, the more specified it's teaching the less diverse will be it's followers.>>8865
Memes are just thoughts. Ideologies are thoughts. Ideologies are memes.