posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 01:18 AM
I suppose my question comes from the attitude that I agree with Karl Marx when he said that religion is the opium of the people. But I also believe
that the vast majority of our species is illogical and naturally a bit stupid. I mean, we're basically just insane chimps if one wants to be crudely
simplistic about it. I suppose my point is that perhaps it would be unwise to actively guide people away from religion because I believe that religion
is one of the main things that keeps many people from becoming dogs with table manners. I don't believe that most people have the ability to form a
morality that supersedes that of the seek pleasure/avoid pain variety.
Of course, we shouldn't just leave psychos and zealotry to the point of insanity alone, but the vast majority of people aren't really like that. I
think that we should just leave people alone. Those whose functioning is analytical and, perhaps, painfully logical in nature will almost always come
to the same conclusion.
To clarify, I'm not implying that those who are religious are stupid, as this would be asinine given that some of the most brilliant minds in history
were deeply religious. I'm merely pointing out that it's hard to tell who has the ability to function higher than that of dog-with-table-manners,
and that perhaps for the sake of our species we shouldn't try to steer those who aren't away from something that helps keep them in check.