Will there ever be a world with no religion and a single large community?
This hub is in response to the question "Will there ever be a world with no religion and a single large community?" asked by "remaniki".
Exactly the same question arose in my mind when I was in 5th standard. Our moral science book had a chapter regarding the same which made a great impact on my view towards this world and its people. Before that, I was just an ordinary kid, who went to school, came home, did homework, went to play with friends and liked sweets. But when I went through this question, I couldn’t help myself but find an answer for it. It made me a bit serious. Of course, this question was very well justified, as we; human beings are also termed as social ‘animals’. So if animals don’t have any religious boundaries, then how and why do we have it?
In my opinion, it is because of our instinct to progress. Man has always kept on progressing in each and every field. From Ramapithecus, he has now evolved to Homo sapiens after going through several stages of evolution. Other animals too have evolved, but only to fit in better so that they can survive in this world dominated by human beings. With every step that man took towards progress, he created something for his own deterioration and made life look more and more complex. So was the creation of these religions (and I can bet that no one will deny the fact that no religion existed when we first came in this world). Okay, I may agree that when we are running a complex system, we must classify it into categories for the ease of access. But the classification should not degrade the whole system. This is what has happened with us. We came, we grew, we progressed, we grew, we classified, we grew, we divided, we grew, we tried to dominate each other, we grew – whatever we did, we just kept on growing. We came in this world, we evolved from our ascendants, and we progressed to make this world act according to our needs. But in all this while, we grew so much that the system kept on becoming more and more complex. So the degradation was bound to happen. In simple words, we added so many ingredients to the same dish, that its taste became unbearable for our own selves
Now the question arises, if classification is the need, then why does it degrade the system? Actually, to be more precise, it’s not classification that degrades the system, it’s the one who classifies and maintains it. We ourselves created these religions and we were the only one who started fighting in its name! It looks ridiculous to me that man, who is considered to be the most intelligent of all creatures, can fight for such pointless and silly-as-a-kid’s matters. The 2nd world war is, perhaps, a good example of this fight, when the Nazi army, who considered themselves the descendants of the superior most race, ‘Aryans’, slaughtered the ‘impure blood’ Jews. Have you seen any other animal killing some animal in the name of religion (though they are not as ‘intelligent’ as we are)?
Religions were never meant to decide who is superior and who is inferior. I guess no religious book or preaching asks to slaughter anyone whom they consider inferior. They were just meant for following the deities and live with the literal meaning of ‘peace’. But the instinct of progress always kept on compelling man to dominate the weak and annex more and more, no matter if it be counted as a religious war!
However, just as a star which is about to die, shines the brightest, so is anything that rises to the peak, it has its end near. History is also evident of this fact that empires fell just after they had reached their extreme supremacy. I cannot say that there will be a world without any religion, because it seems almost impossible to do so, but I can definitely say that there will be a day, when we, the ‘intelligent’ creatures, will actually start acting intelligent and despite of all these religions, will live together as a single large community.
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