Thursday, August 9, 2007

Religion is the enemy of civilization


I watched two videos and they drove me crazy so I intended to write about whole religion and my own analysis. Sadly, most people stuck to their inherited religion and they are not even bothering to think about it.

Yesterday I watched this video The Unauthorized Christians United for Israel Tour and Wiping Israel off the map. They weren't new or surprising. Why? because I know human stupidity are infinite! but it motivated me to write this article.

Let's look back and see what really happened. it heated right after 9/11 and highlighted religion as the major source of conflict in current civilization. Oh, wait, I have to clear it here and now, although we, human, are happily using some words like civilized and civilization but honesty humankind just reached to an advanced state in material and some cultural developments but intellectually! I am sure right now there are people who yell at me and say where have you been? haven't you read anything from philosophers?! Ah, you're right but I consider whole human population not just some philosophers.

Let me just explain it. In material advancement, for example today we produce notebooks; tomorrow we will produce smart-notebooks. Consumers have always bought products and they have had feedbacks and they have asked for better products. Even people who live in deserts have had their own opinion about products and they asked for something to satisfy their needs. so anyway people has cooperated in material advancement in this so-called civilization.

Can we apply same model to intellectual advancement? No and that's the whole point. The product of intellectual advancement is intellect which we, human, have made it already but in a wrong way. We can calculate faster and provide more numbers. we can use overloaded information on the net and media broadcasters but this intellectual advancement instead of making more decisive people it has made more followers and apathetic people. people instead of thinking fundamentally are just kinda like to think shallow, specially when it comes to religion (our topic), still we are in surface. Don't we? I raise this question; What percentage of current world religion's adherents have thought about their religious symbols like God, prophets, books and so on? let me tell you, for most of them even thinking about this topic is taboo!

A simple basic element of intellect is reasoning which it comes after questioning. how can we ask for intellectual advancement while we run preventive role on people's head? This so known taboo about religious symbols like God, prophets, books and so on is in the heart of religion which prevents people to think about them and as long as there are preventive methods in people's life, we couldn't expect intellectual advancement and as a result more intellects.

Unfortunately I should say it's just some small fraction of human population is intellectually advanced, The rest were not part of intellectual development process in the past and they are not going to be if they still be followers and submissive.

Just keep in mind as much as scholars try to advance intellect in the society, on the other hand institutionalized religions will try much harder to stop them with their preventive role on people's mind. This preventive role not only will stop intellectual advancement but also it is very destructive for society as we can see in religious societies which it forces me to write religion is the enemy of civilization. I think so scholars should take more responsibility than before and be more outspoken to crystal clear role of religion on being retarded in intellectual development, with participating in public debates and open discussions specially with religious leaders.

On the other hand, people should study more specially out of their religious borders and research on other religions would help a lot to discover truth which is the source of knowledge and civilization. Also it is objective of this article.

Albert Einstein once said "If something is in me which can be called religion then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it... I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism..."

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