"Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be." (from) Don Quixote
Posted 03 October 2008 - 05:21 AM
I think fear is whats used to get people to adhere to a specific religion.
Religion as a practice, globally, though is based on the idea of rules that ensure the survival of a civilization. The laws set into place prevent behaviour that is detrimental to continued survival of a group. If everyone raped, killed, stole, and didn't breed properly, we would have a hard time not going extinct. This especially when populations were small.
The salvation and damnation was indoctrinated into the psyche of the masses as that final deterrant to sway us into obediance of these, now commonsense, parameters that greatly enhance the survival of a species.
Edited by Chauncy, 03 October 2008 - 05:22 AM.
As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.
Julius Robert Oppenheimer. (1904-1967)