I am just wondering what we would blame for our destructive actions if we did not have religion v atheism v other religions to blame? For that matter what excuses would we make up for going to war and other acts of killing if we did not have the whole religion issue to fuel our destructive natures?
Is it possible that humans would be able to take responsibility for the destructive part of our nature? Could we be honest about our desire to be superior to others?
Only an opinion, but I believe that any society under threat tends to polarise, whether it be religion, politics or other ideology. Once people occupy the extremes, there is little room for compromise and that is a dangerous path
The trouble with ideology of any kind is that it encourages people to adopt an end-justifies-the-means attitude. Thus you have Simon de Montfort slaughtering the Cathars while saying "Kill them all - God will know his own", or Stalin and Hitler engaging in mass murder/genocide because they thought it was justified in the light of their particular ideology. It's the same impulse in both cases, and transcends the question of religion/atheism.
Agreed - ideology is fine as long as you are prepared to accept that humanity is much more complex than placing people into a little box. I work upon the principle that I know nothing and disbelieve anything that the media portrays as truth, at least until I have verified it for myself.
I have friends who are staunchly Orthodox Christian and friends that are Atheists - both 'sides' get along wonderfully and have interesting and deep philosophical debates. They are always prepared to look at the other view and use it to challenge their own beliefs, making adjustments to their world-view, if necessary
I stay away from blind extremism - it makes for a much happier life, IMO
I kinda think we would find something to blame for our fighting My video games are better then your video games and I will fight you to prove it! Sci-fi is better then Rom-coms and I will go to war to prove it! Mwhahaha
Shall we start the church of Sci-fi video games? We can then break up into smaller sects that worship role play sci fi games and first person shooter sci fi games etc. then go to war over which is best.
Just give us all of your worldly possessions, for 'purification' purposes. in return, we will give you a large and knobbly stick of smiting to deliver divine justice to all of those foul first-person gamists
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People acts in general or behave not because of cultural influences like religion or value system, but they act accordingly because they like it, the reasons can be obscure, sometimes because of anticipated blessings they get from the act, or they just act selfishly because they love themselves, eevrybody loves themselves,,,,,thats why when you interact with other people you try to show your best, or the true you, or not the true you...
that's very hard to say as nobody really knows what would happen if we didn't have religion in our lives. i guess the world might be like it was at the beginning of the film, "invention of lying." however, even that's up to interpretation as well.
i know statistically speaking, there would be a lot less wars and death counts as it's already proven religion is the number one reason for war.
however, the problem with humanity is we're all idiots, period. even if we didn't have religion, that still wouldn't cure other factors that cause us to lash out and discriminate. there would still be rape, murder, and stealing, as those having nothing to do with religion. although, there are some that use that an excuse though.
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