Saturday, November 17, 2007

One of the most antique & over used arguments for god or religion is that without it we would have no morality. From a practical point of view many can easily see how this is wrong. They may know an atheist that is moral & just.

In Freud's "The Future of an Illusion" & he said, " If the sole reason why you must not kill your neighbor is because God has forbidden it and will severly punish you for it in this life or the next life- then, when you learn that there is no God and you need not fear His punishment, you will certainly kill your neighbor without hesitation, and you can only be prevented from doing so by mundane force. Thus either these dangerous masses must be held down most severely and kept most carefully away from any chance of intellectual awakening, or else the relationship between civilization and religion must undergo a fundamental revision." page 39
Freud seems to be using morality & civilization interchangeably,so if they can't be separated from religion... you better keep the masses in ignorance because you will be the next neighbor to be killed.

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