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The Anatomy of Religion

   Stating the obvious state and religion, as two complex phenomena, can never be comprehensively explained in a short synopsis. When you try to also cover the organic relationship between them, the difficulties compound.  Having said that, this is an attempt to sample what is covered in this segment.

       Pertaining to religion I raise the question—if Jesus, Moses and Mohammed were never born, would their 2.5 billion followers go without faith for millennia?  In parts of the world such as India, China, Japan, Korea and most parts of Africa where they did not appear people formulated other faiths.  This indicates that the monotheist believers too would have done the same.  Then what is the relevance of these religious figures in the larger picture of faith?  This study reveals that not any or even all such leaders, but the contradicting mental forces of instincts and intellect have engendered a particular mental condition that has been compelling multitudes towards spirituality.  And this mental state finds expression in different religions.  Studies show that humans have invented about 100,000 different religions in the course of the past 60,000 years to deal with a pressing practical human need.  Even today in this advanced age about 80% of the world population embraces one or another brand of faith. 

       Although this is covered in its own segment in my book, “Meet Your Mind,” identifying these practical needs suddenly reveals that the very same needs that demanded the invention of religions also required the creation of state on a global scale.  A sober assessment of both of these ancient institutions reveal that each in its own way has strived to control human conduct from the start by suppressing instinct induced conduct.  In that, humans driven by the selfishness induced by each instinct are strongly inclined to use and abuse each other to advance their personal interests at the expense of others. This is a recipe for perpetual conflicts.  These two institutions are created to suppress such selfish conduct, essential for creating and maintaining a relative peace and tranquility in every society.  Thus, striving for a common objective inevitably renders them utterly similar in function despite the drastic differences in the ways each employs to achieve this goal. This universal human need has resulted in…

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