I won't introduce this topic, for it's public opinion is accurate enough to begin with. Do we need Religion today? To answer this, we need to look at the origin of religion. Why did we need religion in the ancient times?

Übermensch: The Above Man
Since I'm familiar with Hinduism, I will try to explain things in its perspective. In the ancient times, society was divided into classes, which was a valid thing to do. Son of a farmer was a farmer not because he can't become a scholar but rather because the effort required would be higher. Every farmer's thought trains can be generalized partially, obviously his son can himself acquire these thought trains quite easily as he interacts with a surroundings which stimulate these thought trains, thus he has an advantage if he were to choose his career as a farmer. Similarly, son of a scholar would easily be developed into one himself. Since collective development of the society was given more importance than individual whims, this structure of society was followed. This automatically meant that there would be a hierarchy in intelligence based on the occupations of different people. Thus in its own way, the ancient Indian society had a man and an Übermensch ('above man') with the former consisting of groups of people with menial jobs and the latter with much more matured occupations.

According to me, the only logical explanation of the origin of religion was that the man in lower position in intellectual hierarchy needed a set of rules which he, by himself, couldn't have perceived. This fact was understood by the Übermensch and thus they fabricated rules or introduced texts , which were essentially consisting of moral guidelines for individual roles in the development of the society, these may be in the form of stories, some very impractical and are thus, frowned upon today. Over the years, the ancient Hindu society had undergone radical changes in hierarchical structure due to external influences by the men from middle east. The structure of the society collapsed to suit these foreign invaders and the entire social hierarchy was now headed by them. But, due to the  ignorance or indifference of these foreigners, society had a much more random arrangement, with only one generalization being  that the natives were placed in an inferior position. I'm not only blaming the arrival of foreigners for the destruction of the ancient Indian society but also, the fact that the groups of people in the higher rungs of the ancient Hindu society might have succumbed to excessive pride and became corrupted just like any man in political power today, thus this might have also had an impact on the disintegration of the proper structure of the society.

This might easily have been the case in most of the other major religions as well. People tend to believe that religion was introduced by people in the higher rungs of the society to take advantage and exploit the ignorant lower classes, this is very incorrect, the closest probable truth to this statement would be that:

Once Introduced for the reason described above, the priests(who belonged to the higher rungs of the society) modified religion to suit their selfish needs, this they did, because of the fact that they were present in a position of advantage. And as discussed in the first post, since man is a function of heredity and interaction with external surroundings, the transformation of responsible fabricators of raw religions to these groups of greedy priests was perfectly natural, and thus there was a flaw in the construction of religion. Since people still followed this flawed definition religion, they got used to the idea of god existing literally.

Understanding the origin and propagation, do we need religion today? Our Globalized Liberal World is severely disorganized and random. The level of education is the only way of generalizing people into intellectual classes .But even then, within these classes, there would be people adamant enough not to reject the literal impression god. The solution of the problem lies in the understanding of the origin, people need to realize why religions were introduced in societies, that's the easiest way to change mindsets. But again, will changing the mindsets affect the moral behavior ? Which is one of the strongest of points the pro-religion folks throw in at the atheists. That depends on how you perceive human existence, don't reject the basic premise of Nihilism, but act and orient the society in such a way that future generations may reject it.This might be a bit vague, and self contradictory, but this simple statement deserves a bigger explanation which wont be done in this as it will take the attention away from the above notes.



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