Are people real in religions
13,000 people live here in Terrace and you are welcomed at the entrance to thirteen different Christian churches (coincidence!). The Pope is not represented here with his supposedly only true Church. Two days later in Vanderhoof, no more than 5,000 inhabitants, again by chance and again 13 different Christian churches, but completely different than in Terrace except for one: Seventh Day Adventist. But it is certain that Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus also live in these places, who again split up into many faiths. Many gods populate the earth.
Especially here in Alaska and Canada it can be observed that people apparently need a religion existentially. They need gods, a mysterious story and they need rites to find their emotional balance and to balance it every day. It doesn't seem to bother at all that everyone believes in a different god and a mystical story that is varied in many ways. On the contrary. When a hundred people agree on a god and a rite here, then they seem to have the indomitable urge to found a new church.
In Europe, religions no longer have the same importance as in the New and Third World. Apparently there is a correlation between the level of education of the individual and his longing for God. But also highly educated people ask existential questions and they too need a 'worldview'. This is not infrequently a political or social utopia.
If you look at the history of mankind, then it is a history full of battles, wars and massacres. But not only the past of mankind is bloody and cruel, in the present there are also far more countries that are shaken by unrest and violent conflicts than peaceful states. We have been extremely lucky in Central Europe in this regard and over the past 55 years. If one asks why there was and is so much war, it turns out that most conflicts have religious or ideological causes. Very few wars are waged out of necessity, hunger or a lack of living space. Religious and ideological intolerance is still the cause of most and the greatest conflicts in this world today.
There is practically no difference between a religion and a social utopia, both are intolerant and even fanatic. At the Example of the GDR it can be proven that the citizens are exposed to the same repression, regardless of whether they live in a religious state or an ideological dictatorship. The decisive factor is that the monopoly of violence and opinion obviously inevitably leads to a repressive dictatorship. That's why I ask in the 'Theses on difficult questions': What does a manifesto look like that grabs the masses and removes the religions from the world without establishing a new one?
Two aspects seem to be responsible for the emergence of religions and social utopias: First, every person has to deal with the question of meaning and, second, our system of perception seems to have the tendency to color reality in a beautiful and optimistic way.
Gods, rites and taboos are the earliest components of human culture. At the same time as being aware of their individual being, everyone asks themselves the question of meaning. Because the question of the meaning of existence could not be answered satisfactorily with knowledge and experience until a few centuries ago, this question was passed on to the gods and thus the existential problem of the question of meaning was solved. Every living being needs a 'worldview' for orientation. Guiding principles are an important part of this reference system. Gods are excellent models, precisely because they do not really exist, because they provide simple answers to the most difficult questions. Religions do even more: They are closed, logical systems, they answer (almost) all questions that arise and offer people rules of conduct, orientation and security. These are values so crucial that no one asks for the truth. A nasty side effect: people are very easily guided, seduced and exploited through religion. That is why the supposedly so selfless churches in Germany are the richest entrepreneur. Religion, money, power, manipulation and abuse of power belong together.
The human perceptual system obviously takes into account the longing for simple solutions. Our perception system depicts the environment and presents us with a subjective 'worldview'. It is the basis for our further decisions. This image represents the world better than it is. Reality is simplified and embellished with fictions: This promotes initiative and the entrepreneurial spirit and, overall, creates an optimistic view of things. It is much easier to orientate oneself to a fictional but better view of the world than to face reality daily without make-up. That is why the identification with a religion is often so strong that a distinction is no longer made between fantasy and reality. Reasonable people switch off thinking and logic and accept that there are questions that are simply no longer asked. Such questions are consequently suppressed, because if they were answered truthfully, the ideal structure of thought would collapse.
That could be an explanation: Religions and utopias are more useful for the continuation of the human species than the knowledge of the often hopeless, but at least highly complicated reality. What would the New and the Third World be without religion? So there will be no manifesto in the foreseeable future that will remove religions from the world. Unless it could answer the question of meaning even more simply than a religion:
BORN TO SHOP
Maybe that's the solution to all questions ?!
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