posted on Aug, 9 2007 @ 02:59 PM
As I look reflect upon western religion in it's many forms through history two major hallmarks seem common in all of them.
1. They are bound up with the continuation of a particular life or culture.
Their laws are typically geared toward self-preservation of the tribe from both worldly and other-worldly concerns, whether real or imagined. For
this reason, they are revered and embraced.
2. When tribes come together, these religions often become the control mechanism that political leaders use to inspire the masses to a
It appears that they are a double edged sword for societies, but nonetheless are vehicles of culture.
But does there come a time in our history where humankind can rise above the need for religion? Perhaps in a time such as ours?
If it were not for the fact that religion is still used as a method through which to leverage the masses in both theocracies and democracies, I think
it would be the right time to rise above into a more global cultural identity.
As long as religion is held in the hands of leaders, and handed down from Imam to Imam, and Rabbi to Rabbi, and Priest to Priest, then these control
structures will continue.
Religion will surely continue in it's current form. However, the only desires worth pursuing are those of your own. Anytime an edict or doctrine is
handed down through a power structure, it is only a form of mental control.