Originally Posted by Human Rasengan
Most people see religion as a bad thing.. some so called religions can be boiled down to a way of life in so many words. various tenets of society outline a way of living.. from personal reflection. peace admiring beauty, taking on certain eating patterns and health"rituals"...
Philosophy or certain "paths of thought" get popular because many see the outcomes of certain rituals as beneficial. meditation or self reflection is good for all human beings.. does this give way to morality.. some feel energized by refraining from eating.. this "fasting" some view as a religious thing.. others see the benefits of allowing the digestive track time to rest , allowing the body more time to rid itself of toxins.
Meditation.. or "Prayer" as some would call reflecting on ones self.. analyzing places in which they would like to see their lives improved.. surely there can be no negatives to that
Have some of these philosophical, moral, and self beneficial rituals gone overboard in their different guises... sure.. but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater... human beings should be fully capable of weeding out the good intentions or inherent good .. from all the bullshit that's layered on top of it.
If not television, books , and other forms of propaganda might have more of an influence than I thought
Ugh - another idiotic defense. Religion has good things in it so don't condemn the whole thing. Sorry, a rapist might pay taxes that support the mental rehabilitation of his victim... but he's still a fucking rapist and should be shot or gelded or something.
A) your first sentence is wrong. Most people in this forum think it is bad, but most people in the world agree, follow and worship religion. That's one of the major problems.
B) Baby with the bathwater? Why not? Because major religions have a history of adopting, absorbing and altering existing beliefs and traditions. Such as Christmas, Easter, the returning saviour (HEY! I'm back on topic) myth, the one god of the jewish slaves in Egypt, etc etc. These things existed before religion, along with morality, philosophy, meditation and fasting. You don't need a god or an organization to enjoy or practice any of this crap. Religion arose as a political, military and social control in the dark ages to organize, control and direct nations and peoples to one groups will. They are not chosen by governments or people and hold vast financial stores and like to condemn anyone who doesn't follow their lead. That's a large potential for a lot of evil, like telling people in Africa that condoms spread AIDS, leading to a worsening of the existing epidemic.
See, morality does not necessarily stem from religion at all. I'd never do that... I"m more moral than the pope and I'm not the one who is "infallible."