The earliest signs of a process leading to sedentary culture and formation of a "civilised society" can be seen in the Levant to as early as 12,000
BC, when the Natufian culture became sedentary, and it evolved into an agricultural society by 10,000 BC. The importance of water to safeguard an
abundant and stable food supply, due to favourable conditions for hunting, fishing and gathering resources including cereals, provided an initial wide
spectrum economy that triggered the creation of permanent villages.
This implies that the beginning of civilisation and humanitarian morality was not based on an enforced ideology so much as a need to survive and
prosper, to ensure the security of future generations and the continuation of the species.
In ancient times, religion is indistinguishable from mythology. The world’s oldest religion still being practiced today is Hinduism (known to
adherents as 'Sanatan Dharma’, Eternal Order) but, in what is considered "the west", the first records of religious practice come from Egypt around
The religion of Christianity made standard a belief in an afterlife and set up an organized set of rituals by which an adherent could gain everlasting
life. In so doing, the early Christians were simply following in the footsteps of the Egyptians, the Sumerians, the Phoenicians and the Greeks all of
whom had their own stylized rituals for the worship of their gods. After the Christians, the Muslim interpreters of the Koran instituted their own
rituals for understanding the supreme deity which, though vastly different in form from those of Christianity, Judaism or any of the older "pagan"
religions, served the same purpose as the rituals once practiced in worship of the Egyptian goddess Hathor (c.3000 BCE) over five thousand years ago:
to lend human beings the understanding that they are not alone in their struggles, suffering and triumphs, that they can restrain their baser urges
and that death is not the end of existence.
Now for what you outline in your op..
originally posted by: temudjin
Lets just say;
- You understood what and how religion works.
- You understood the history behind religion
- You understood humanity and instincts
- You understood what and how a society is buílt
- You understood how a human mind works
- You understood politics and its meaning
- You understood entertainment TV and sports
- Lets just say you understand the very basics the western modern society is built upon, and the rest of the world follows.
Let just ask;
Does the basics of theology still apply in this modern era, the very foundation our dogmatic society is built upon and does the philosophy still apply
of a modern day technocracy.
Dogmatism aside, you need to clarify to which philosophies you are referring.. I'm personally of the opinion that fundamentalist ideology is indeed no
longer relevant to modern society, and in fact impedes its progress, but with a little research I think you will find "western modern society" was not
originally "built upon" these ideologies. Rather they were adopted from earlier pagan beliefs and traditions and used as systems of governance and
control. It is perhaps more accurate to say that modern western society is built upon the foundation of imperialism, with religion used as a means to
maintain order and control of the population.
When you look how most societies are built you see that the empathy lacks, cause of the abundant religious basics in most western societies.
I think empathy abounds in most societies, although often only toward others in said societies. Imperialist tendencies were part and parcel of the
building of many societies, and this unfortunately resulted in the "assimilate or die" attitude towards outsiders. Modern society has pretty much
outgrown imperialism though, moving more toward a protectionist attitude toward what it has conquered. Maintaining control of the populace and a
desire for a feeling inclusiveness is the reason religion has proliferated, with individual groups sprouting up each with their own cliques and
Most follow a symbol of some sort and never go on a quest for finding true knowledge and follow blindly. The protect what is a priviliege based
on the corpses of less fortunate and calls it.. Natures way.
I think the people to whom you are referring believe the "blind following" of such a symbol to be a "quest for finding true knowledge", ironically.
There is little room for objective analysis and appraisal of a religion, when one is completely and unerringly faithful to it. It's almost a
prerequisite to accept what you are taught unquestioningly in order to be included or considered "worthy" in many religions. It is in as much the way
of the nature of organised religion.
I wish humans could follow a simple path of life to achieve something i would call human, instead of animals in a society.
What do you guys think?
I also think humans are in fact already following a simple path to "achieve something ... human". Being as we are all human to begin with..
sure what you mean by this line, humans are
animals living in societies.. Unless you mean we should strive for something more like a "global
human race" with less restrictive compartmentalisation. Individually considering ourselves equal, shared residents of earth, rather than of disparate
nations and societies vying for control of it.
If so I agree and think that is what we should be striving for. There is, after all, no such thing as "race" in humanity apart from the all inclusive,
. Likewise there is no difference between a person of Christian faith and an athiest, when it comes to moral decency, intelligence,
ability or function. Labels for what you believe or where you live or are descended from should in no way separate you from your fellow man.