reply to post by Klassified
As much as I might bad-mouth, bash, make fun of, and disrespect most organized religion, it fills a cultural need for identity, community, and
belonging for many.
Granted, these are the needs of typically average intelligence and lower sorts that need someone or something to tell them what to do, but, all in
all, it fills that cultural need among many for that sense of belonging, community, and definitive identity.
One of the biggest problems I have, personally, is where faiths, primarily the JCM trio get off on a doctrine of entitlement where their way is the
only way, as well as doctrines of intolerance for anyone not in their club, plus crusader like dictates to convert others to the following.
We don't see Hindus running around forcing their faith onto others.
We don't see the Buddhists kung-fuing their way across the Asian continent to win converts.
They're fairly benign faiths, as with some others that hold prodigious cultural significance and identity that's entirely relevant and worthwhile an
observation to practice.
While the Jews out of the JCM trio aren't as offensive when it comes to unregulated assertive cancerous growth as it is with Christians and Muslims,
there's still that centrism and self entitlement among all three that makes for lots of ugliness.
Do away with entitlement in exchange for observation of acceptance and tolerance for other cultural ideals.
Cut out the mandates to crusade everywhere for converts in just accepting other for who and what they are.
With such, religion might not be as ugly a monster as it is.
Sure, each flavor of faith has its problems; Hinduism has that ugly caste system for instance, where most faiths are somewhat misogynistic if not more
All in all, however, average folk need that sense of community and belonging to something that resonates with their cultural sense of place, time, and
So long as it's mostly harmless/benign, then, religion can actually be a 'good' thing.