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You're making a sociological analysis, discussing religion as a phenomenon of the society. Or the mystical part of religions is usually revealed to only a few, and then the gurus and their equivalents put into place the philosophy, which can reach complexities far beyond the scope of the ordinary individual. It does ressemble politics, in that there is political philosophy and there is also populism. Neither religion nor politics can exist without the two sides.
That said, buddhism (despite being associated with the term theocracy by some) can hardly be said to have a hierarchy and influence people the way the catholic church did/does here.
Finally, peoples need frameworks in their lives and in spite of all abuses, of all religions, present, past or to come, they seem to never fail to provide that. Is it because on some basic, fundamental human level they do respond to spiritualbiological needs? Is it because people are weak, naive and gullible? I guess we'll know that the moment our romulan ancestors will descend from the sky and finally reveal themselves.

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! (Martin Luther King)
by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot franša) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 07:31:44 PM EST
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