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Ancient religions are obsolete

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Submitted by Claire (United States), May 25, 2008 at 05:46

Ancient religions are mostly obsolete, but spirituality is not. I think the only reason the revealed religions spread so widely is because the printing press was developed.

Secularism is my preference for government, but we are starting to understand what about religion inspires people and gives them hope. There is no need to believe in the supernatural. We know that now. But we haven't yet figured out how to use this new knowledge. For example, prayer has nothing at all to do with religion in the way it works. It actually programs the human brain. So we will soon be able to use this without the folklore aspect.

People who are desperate, ignorant, or of low intelligence are easily indoctrinated into any religious belief system. Religions capitalize on that--spreading their doctrine as they feed, clothe, and shelter the poor, for example. What's interesting about it is the indoctrination of those providing services. Some really want to help people, but some see it as a source of their own power--much like Moses, Mohammed, and Mao.

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