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Can torture and genocide ever happen without religion?


Could we get things like the Spanish Inquisition or the Holocaust without religious ideas? If we lump psycho and sociopaths (less than 1% of the population) into the same bin as religion,we're left with a population of people who don't really think about that kind of stuff. So if religion never happened, do you think we would have more than just the fringiest fringes of society committing unreasonable acts of violence?

 

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    Rod Martin Jr (lone77star) 2 years ago

    Good points, CJ. Ego is the blindness that places self above others and allows all manner of evil. Confidence without humility is arrogance. Too many fall into that trap. Stalin is only one of dozens of examples.

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    Rod Martin Jr (lone77star) 2 years ago

    Well said, CV. That which activates the misguided nature of the evil ones is Ego -- self-concern -- that which proclaims that it is First (superior to others). The humility taught in religion is the antidote to this source of evil. Too few use it.

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    Rod Martin Jr (lone77star) 2 years ago

    Good, Sara. And psychopaths are all about themselves to the exclusion of others. They can care about their families, as the Rockefellers do, but they're not above lying, murder, theft and extortion.

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    Rod Martin Jr (lone77star) 2 years ago

    "Me me me" hits the nail on the head. That's Ego.