Bear with me here. I just want to ask the question: Would our brains and intelligence evolve all the more once religion is eliminated from the world? I have noticed that most religious people are hindered from accessing their critical thinking skills. You see, when everything is all laid out for you in a book, reiterated to you over the year from your pastor and sunday school teachers, then you no longer feel the need to consider a lot of things, as important as they are.
John Lennon put it pretty well in his song “Imagine.”
Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace
You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
I hear a lot of non-religious people (Those who have not yet subscribed to atheism) say that they are not personally religious, but they still think it is a good thing for people to have something to believe in. A few weeks ago now, a coworker commented that it’s scary that the percentage of Catholics is dwindling. All fired up due to my new agnosticism, I argued, “No, it is a good thing. Religion hurts people!”
I don’t just mean violence in the name of religion (A.k.a. Suicide bombers, bullying gays, “Christian” crusades, etc.). When I say that religion hurts people, I am thinking of the day to day self worth of individuals and the future of our world. Essentially, I think that religion hurts the world as whole. It forces people to put their thoughts on their eternity rather than very real, pressing issues happening right now. It encourages people to forget about what they are doing to destroy the natural world we live in. It focuses on the differences between men and women, and almost always degrades women to a lower status. It feeds prejudices. It subjugates people to silly customs and practices that may seem harmless, but it really hints at the bondage that the person is in.
I want to do a series of blog posts about why religion does more harm than good for people. I hope you, my loyal blog readers, will follow along and offer your opinions and comments! I do this not with the intent of being a crap disturber, but I really think that we as a people can improve by eliminating beliefs and traditions that are keeping the world in a subjected state.