R.L. Culpeper made a valid point in his comment on my post, Opiate of Fear and Ignorance and I feel it deserves more attention.
He commented (in part):
“…I believe religion will never release its hold on humanity, but I believe we train it to be more tolerant and semi-openminded…”
I agree with him, up to a point.
While we may well be training religion to be more tolerant and semi open-minded, I can’t help but see it as just another nail in religion’s own coffin. First comes tolerance, necessitating the relaxing of standards and demands of religion; eventually comes the complete disintegration of standards and demands, then comes total abandonment.
Major changes, particularly on a global scale, always hasten slowly. It’s difficult to imagine such an enormous change as the death of all religion, occurring overnight.
Please note that I refer only to ‘religion’ per se, not spirituality. (To view my perceptions on the difference between the two, please refer to this post, You Don’t Need Religion To Be Spiritual).
That religion has enjoyed a very tight hold (read ‘stranglehold’) on humanity for centuries, there’s absolutely no doubt.
That there has never before in history been such free and ready access to information, research, studies, science, and archaeological information on the origins of religion, there is also absolutely no doubt.
Children and teens worldwide (mostly) now have access to the internet, whether religion likes it or not. Tomorrow’s young adults, not already infected with religious diseases, will join tomorrow’s youth and together build a world free of religious tyranny.
It may not happen in our lifetime, but I believe it will happen. It seems inevitable, to me. Religion’s had it’s heyday of terror, growing fat off the toil of ‘slaves’ and prostituting itself in bed with politics, like the cheap whore it’s always been (no offence meant to the honourable profession of prostitution, either!).
It’s precisely because of the openly available plethora of information and research, thanks to the internet (I love you, Google!) expanding and growing in leaps and bounds every year, that the final death knell for all religion will be heard.
To be sure, religion won’t willingly loose its hold on humanity, but as with the dark days when it persecuted and burned billions of innocent lives in it’s push for supreme domination, so, too, will it meet it’s own ugly and timely end.
Already they flounder and scramble to recoup a respectability lost that was never earned. Already their flocks scatter and leave in droves. And the questions of how they’ve gotten away with dominance and tyranny for so long, just keep mounting – with growing discontent, if not malcontent.
Global religious abandonment will eventually follow in the shadow of trained tolerance and, at the risk of sounding poetic, it’s the youth of our world – today’s and tomorrow’s – that will bring in a new dawn.
At least, that’s my compass, my hope, my vision, and my personal belief.
There is nothing man has made, that cannot be unmade.