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Would we be better off without religion

We are Borg

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Would humanity be better off without religion. What if religion was never invented would we be more advanced and how many lives would be saved (no killing in name of).
 

Sparhafoc

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I think our evolutionary heritage inclined us towards systems of belief that echo aspects of our egos, identity, existential angst etc. so even if no human projection had ever been imposed divinely onto the Cosmos, we'd still have come up with complex narratives justifying our hatred of some other group of humans and specifying what exactly we could do with our wangers. Maybe some of those narratives would have caused less harm, but then maybe some would have been far worse.
 

Akamia

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I would like to think that we would be, at least going forward. As for whether or not we would have been from the very start, I really cannot say. I doubt anyone can.
 

We are Borg

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Well lets say as argument that religion never was invented, we would have no wars about it or killings in the name of religion. So we know what happened in the past take the twin towers they would still be there, the crusades etc never happened either. Knowing what we know now would we be better off.
 

Sparhafoc

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Well lets say as argument that religion never was invented, we would have no wars about it or killings in the name of religion. So we know what happened in the past take the twin towers they would still be there, the crusades etc never happened either. Knowing what we know now would we be better off.

The problem with engaging in alternative histories is you can't say what would have happened instead. Without religious conflict, we'd have found some even more banal reason to murder, crusade, pogrom and generally be dicks to one another. Religion is man-made, so if it's dark, barbaric, and hostile to others... it's because humans made it that way to best reflect themselves and their motives.
 
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