viberunnerFeatured By OwnerNov 4, 2012Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The world would not be better or worse off without religion... but unquestionably humanity would be better off without religion.
It would be nice for people to think for themselves rather than abdicate their moral, emotional, and intellectual development to bonkers racist magic desert manuals and/or weirdoes who think they're in telepathic communication with supreme forces.
I don't know what a world with no religion would actually entail. I think it could be better OR worse. Or better in some ways and worse in others. It seems very difficult to predict. It might ultimately depend on how the world became non-religious.
Some of this also depends on what you think counts as a religion. Are only highly organized, ritualized belief systems religion, or do vaguer things like animism and freeform spirituality count? I can't help but feel that a world with no religion might also have no humans, or only teeny-tiny human societies.
Yes, even though we can't claim that it would fix all wrong. However, I think that we should root out things like religion anyway, because they can be very harmful. There will always be things used by people to justify horrible things(and sometimes also motivating them), but we should still fight to get them removed.
Science is a tool to understand the world, the best one we have at this time. Science in itself does not motivate anything. How people use it is another matter.
The thing about using religion to help those around them is that you don't need religion to do that. All charity work can be done seculary. A point of religious missonary is to spread the faith. And if they don't do anything like that, it is a secular mission(secular means that no religious view or dogma is attached to it).
Science and Religion we know well and how they are used in society...
How ever... religion gives to those who believe in it a better take upon life and those around them...
If we were to take that from them... then we'd be no better than those who have taken our rights to freely believe in what we wish to believe whether it is the belief that higher beings exist or not...
How ever... those who "force" their belief system upon those who do don't believe as they do should instead have their influential powers reduced.
Unfortunately, the world doesn't work like that... so we'll just have to deal with the way it operates now...
I am not proposing to take someones right to believe what they want, I am an idealistic believer in Freedom of Speech and Feedom of Thought. What I am saying is that we have to challenge religion to justify their belief if they want it to have an effect on things like politics.
When I say remove religion, I mean that we should remove its effect on just that. People believing in something, but not using it to affect others are fine with me.
Even without religion we would still destroy this world, and I believe that doomsday would be a lot quicker. Without Religion somethings would of not been prevented and With it things would of been prevented. Same thing goes for a world with science and no religion, this planet is a war planet and humans are always and will always fight. Hell the Dinosaurs did it for millions of years and so did other mammals, nothing different between humans.
there is no way for certain to say. Though I myself am completely against religion and would love to believe the world would be better off we can't really know.
say we had the opportunity to pull a lever that instantaneously removed all religions and religious thoughts from our existence. By pulling the lever we would be taking a gamble that whatever we fight over next would not be as bad as religion, whatever would take the place of religion, assuming something would, could very well be much worse.
I would argue that there will always be religion. Religion isn't believing in a god, or gods or a sovereignty or whatever. If you look at the one thing religions have in common, it's following set rules and doctrine through life for whatever reason (get into heaven, achieve enlightenment, be one with the force). There's always going to be people who will gravitate towards a set of rules that they will live their by, they'll create a religion.
Religion was first made to help create social order in early societies, so people wouldn't be running around raping and killing each other. However, even with that said, religion has to provide some sort of incentive to follow the rules, otherwise we get early mesopotamian culture, where even though there is a religion, there is no reason to be "good" so in this case it doesn't really work, but also gives us an example of what would happen in a religionless society, at least early on.
However, in our post-modern era, it is debatable. Just because it was necessary at one time doesn't mean that it always is, and always will be. There could be a point were humans can finally transcend religion and take off those cultural training wheels so to speak and simply act with humanity in mind because we have advanced far enough to do so, in a way following neitchzes death of god.
However, I don't think we can ever live religionless, since religion is really just beliefs held by a group. Any belief held by a group, could fall into this.
There is good and bad to everything: every event, every choice, every organization. I think if religion disappeared, some good things would happen, but bad things would happen as well. For me, it would depend on what unpredictable "good" and "bad" things happened in the alternate reality without religion.
I think this has been said already, but faith or spirituality is a whole other story.
PS: Don't hate on all religions; have the Buddhists ever done anything bad?
Hm I would say yes, but only because of the wars and killings that started over religious agruments However, allot of art is religion inspired, and people will allways worship something, like early people did with the sun and such....to explain the unexplaineble, some people need it as a reason to live O.o....Too be honost, the world, earth, would be better off without humans
Indeed!.....so if that wasnt the case, what would they have painted, well anyways, the art is definatly some of the interesting things that came to be because of religion and I also cant really imagine a world without mythology and such ( past religions?) I love those stories!
Its mostly lazyness I think....and in the current society its really hard to live "green" if you want to be part of the community/society, social pressure is making us live a certain way We really dont want to loose any comfort and such, its kinda sad when you think about it O.o the human race is doomed to fail if we keep on going like this But I also think that we know about it, but we dont really realize it or something like that