“Whole Package Thinking” (WPT) is one of the common notions of “religion”. WPT is the habit of mind which seeks identity in a community’s shared system of thought, feeling and behavior. For this benefit of identity and meaning, the mind is readily willing to sacrifice rationality. The mind is willing to ignore parts of the package that are problematic. For it is much easier to buy a whole package than to buy individual parts and to try to build your own system. Besides, when your package is similar to others, you easily gain tribal recognition.
The Atlantic just did a short article on the I-Phone and how Apple can be a religion to people in the WPT sense. I have seen WPT manifest throughout my own life, not only in my admiration of Apple products but also in styles of medicine (Homeopathy, Oriental Medicine, Modern Medicine), politics (Marxism, Libertarianism), nationalism and even mundane hobbies (Weiqi). And of course, I have felt WPT in my religious attachments. But Atheists can also manifest WPT. For when one gives up religion, one does not necessarily give up all the mental habits that support religion. Remember, these habit can actually benefit us. They are double-edged swords of the mind.
WPT gives the purchaser a feeling of being bigger, stronger and more secure than just themselves. It gives a sense of meaning, belonging and fulfillment. Surely sacrificing areas of your rationality for these benefits is a rational decision. No?
Question: What Whole Package Thinking have you done so far in your life?
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