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Religious Demographics Inconclusive in Modern Irreligious Settings

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Sep 23, 2021 at 11:21

Over the years of living in, learning from, and independently observing life in America, watching at leads the world in pursuits of societal levels of supposed success in liberty, from the lowest levels of poverty (which some say is better than many other places in the third world) to the upper tier (which many say is now international for the gross receipts being banked elsewhere than in the Fed), in which excesses are noted in trying to permanently tap the middle class as the greatest economic engine in history, such excesses being in government as well as in high finance. So, what does religion have to do with it anymore, since religious influences in the West were curtailed in the early 1960's. Then, from a population control perspective, legalization of terminal population control on the governmental as well as societal norms, became nearly as bad as it is in China, also as religion was curtailed there.
As a counter to the premise of the book, in this opinion it is less about religion and more about what constitutes success in the pursuit of fulfillment of internal desires; religion either accommodates or frustrates that chase of fulfillment. Religion also promotes thinking about legacy where it concerns family and how that helps determine the perception of the future. Then pride of life interferes and religions gets in the way of the immediate sense of satisfying the lusts that so completely overwhelms many, and eliminating the obstacles of that intensity of desires of satisfaction become the motivation for seeking those evil goals.
The observations of the book then becomes more of an accountant's statistical analysis and less of an examination of causes and effect due to religious persuasions. There may be vestigial connections, but lesser so in this modern setting.
In an obverse observation, reading the reference here does portend to a more direct aspect of where world societies are headed, since there is, as is noted elsewhere in this forum, an intense sense of the rejection of religion where 'success' appears to drive the mentalities of those so affected to not rely upon providence in spiritual terms and ambitions of that same pride now drive the motivation towards that goal.

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