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what if religions were attempts to codify evolutionarily advantageous behaviour into narratives, for the purpose of social engineering?

so the early gods/avatars were hammer-wielding thugs, or wise, placid meditators, or flute-playing satyr/warriors, polygamous camel-trading merchants or gentle, self-sacrificial shamans, depending on the locality and era.

all bound by imaginations forged in the preglobal epoch,

as each religion strives to propagate beyond its original geography, it hits various bumps, because it was customised for its indigenes, and finds its valence diminishes with travel, like wine.

it's true that christianity has spread to some pretty far-flung corners, as has islam, so this theory has some holes, lol!

what we don't yet have is a narrative that speaks truly universally, one that can leap continents with a message-myth that resonates with every person, and embodies the virtues we want to celebrate, pay homage to, and guide our little ones towards.

there are a few religions that have the integrity imo to be acceptable candidates, the native american, the taoist, tibetan buddhist,pure christian, and animist ones that are basically democratic and unsexist at heart.

but they have so far been dominated by basically undemocratic, heirarchical, sexist belief systems, alas...

and social engineering-wise.....it's a right fuckup, mostly.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Mar 8th, 2007 at 03:35:53 PM EST

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