#Philosophy vs. #religion

Philosophy is a guide, just a guide, for how you as an individual choose to engage others during the course of life. Religion is spawned when a small group takes a philosophy and turns it into a narrative to control everyone else’s behavior on the premise that some supernatural being is needed in their life in order to bring comfort and since you can’t touch or talk to this supernatural being, you need to go through a middleman i.e. priest, witch doctor, shaman, pope, etc., in order to talk to “god”.

It’s a lie. Philosophies change over your lifetime. Religious narratives stay fixed because the shaman needs to keep you fixated on the same narrative. Why? Because adherence to the narrative keeps him in business…

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to #Philosophy vs. #religion

  1. Ken Ciszewski says:

    Alton: it looks like you and I agree on more things than we originally thought we did. I’m not sure I want to go so far as to call all religion a “lie”, but the rest of your description is extremely accurate (operationally speaking) for a great number (but not all) religions, in my opinion. I don’t think they all started out that way. I think Jesus Christ had a completely different conception of what he taught as opposed to what his followers later said he taught. Christ taught love of God, love of neighbor in the broadest sense. His followers evolved into a large number of cliques, some of which are anything but loving.

    As for your “control” concept, that’s pretty much dead on.

    There’s probably a little more to all of this. A write name Philip Wylie (1950s and later, science fiction) once write an essay in which he pointed out that human beings tend to defend their “conceptual territory” (beliefs and belief systems) like they control their physical territory and property. This essay came after the discovery by those who studied animal behavior and found many animals territorial, and extended the idea to human beings. Also, some people don’t do well with ambiguity, they like certainty, and some religions provide that through their dogmatic beliefs.

    It takes a lot of courage to look reality in the eye and say “I don’t know, but I’m OK with that.”

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