Do we, the Mankind need a religion in the 21stcentury?
My simple answer to that is a BIG NO.
Religion divides people and it was a creation of mankind somewhere around 3000 years ago in the rich and fertile Middle East.
The time scale of three thousand years is statistically insignificant, if the man's current estimated evolutionary diversion, if we assume it had taken place at about 50,000 years ago.
Drastic genetic change occurred around 3 to five million years ago and it took minimum of two and a half million years for establishment of humanoids.
In that sense 3000 years is nothing but from the time man started counting millenniums, this 3000 years had become historically important.
I believe it is the time of resurgence of the idea or the need for some form of arbitrary religion for exploitation.
After 40,000 (10,000 years ago) years from that point agricultural civilization started to emerge and in which part of the world, I would not guess.
It could have been anywhere, given the evolution of grasses to present grain producing wild cereals.
This estimation go haywire, if we assume humanoids were galactic explorers, in the style of “Star Wars.
My classification during this period of 50,000 can be simplified in few term.
1. Man hunted by the beast.
2. Hunting the beast including woolly mammoth.
The woolly mammoth coexisted with early humans, who used its bones and tusks for making art, tools, and dwellings, and the species was also hunted for food.
It disappeared from its mainland range at the end of the Pleistocene 10,000 years ago, most likely through climate change and consequent shrinkage of its habitat, hunting by humans, or a combination of the two.
Isolated populations survived on St. Paul Island until 6,400 years ago and Wrangell Island until 4,000 years ago.
Around 5000 years ago trading elephants hunted from North Africa.
They were supplying war effort of Romans before their decline.
These traders coming probably from Middle east probable did not have a religion.
5. Current civilization was seeded around Egypt.
6. Theory of God emerged somewhere around 3000 probably nearer Israel.
7. Explosion of religions in Indian subcontinent except Russia and China.
8. The current working religion is Money.
There is no place for any other religion.
Whichever way one looks this scenario, the final working philosophy is to generate money.
The concepts of Capitalism or Socialism does not mater if they are weighed with money.
My analysis is based on right and wrong principle.
It differs from the good or bad principle of all the religions.
My definition of Right is neither good nor bad or neutral.
Its appropriateness is current not to the past.
If a Muslim can kill another as an infidel and say it is godly thing and good, there is something radically wrong.
Killing or war is not the right way.
It is the beastly behavior in our gene makeup expressed at random.
In the 21st century we need our animal genes to be suppressed.
The religion originated in the name of god and good but it has not delivered its key concepts to the current needs of the mankind.
Christianity and Muslim divide started the Bible War.
Judaism in the Middle East and the Oil needs of America instituted the ongoing terrorism and war in the Middle east.
The way UNO drew lines in the world map quite arbitrarily after the World War II and made countries to whims and fancies of UK, USA and France (Italy, Germany and Japan were left out) and left Palestine to their own devices.
It is not rectified to this day.
So it is time for the UNO to declare “A day for People Without Religion” (in other words people without division) is timely and appropriate.
China does not have a religion for 5000 years.
Does it mater to Chinese citizens?
Russia does not have a state religion for the last 150 years, like it is Sri-Lanka after the demise of the Zsar and Rasputin, the devil in the Church of Russia.
Does it matter to Russians?
According to one of my Indian friends, there are 1 billion Indians and one billion gods.
Does it make an Indian free of abject poverty?
The whole African continent did not have a religion until Muslims from the North and Christianity from the South almost by force (Belgium was the biggest culprit) converted them.
Does it mean now the Africa is liberated?
I suppose Nelson Mandela (astute vision) never declared his religious status.
For him humanity was more important.
(The right thing is to decimate terrorism be that it may be, white supremacists, JVP, LTTE, ISIS, Mossads, Natzy Hitler or any other dictator).
In fact, we got rid of one dictator by popular vote but he is waiting in the wing for another fling, his God willing (not any other God).
I sometime think this tiny country was the breeding ground for radicalism and terrorists.
It is the minority who rules the majority.
Even in this country, Buddhism has fallen prey to politicians with ulterior motives and corrupt monks trading elephants.
This country would become a better place if we declare once a months a holiday for people without a religion, just like the Poya (including Satara Poya) day (for Buddhists), Friday (Muslims) and Sunday (Christians).
Unfortunately there is no day for Hindus.
If one set off 12 days for the above and another four the Tamils we still have 14 days left.
We must reserve at least one day a month (before these 14 days are grabbed by various extreme sets of religious or political groups) in the coming Constitution for the non believers of religion and specially for the non believers of our politicians and politics.
On that day, the government should keep all liqueur bars open for only non believers (believers should be restrained in their own houses or in the Church, Mosque or Temple).
Come to think about and looking at the budget figures I am convinced believers (all religions combined) drink much more than non believers.
The non believers although in the minority should contribute to the state coffers by enjoying a drink once a month.
For some in this country (not me) democracy is as sacred as religion but we find away to send only the corrupt people to the parliament by default.
For me it is one fool out 100 non fools who makes the decisive vote (49 against 51).
He is often the most foolish of the lot but ends up as the leader of the country.
This is why, I never register for the vote (over 40 years) come elections and feel proud that I am liberated from not only religion but also from DUD political leaders of this country.
In other words, I am emancipated by default, not out of convention, contention or context or conviction.
I suppose all the other guys and girls consider me gone nuts.
It does not matter to me, this country is full of nutty people and they are in one asylum called august assembly or the parliament.
There is a section in the Apaya International reserved for them when they demise.
I wish I become the Director General there, since our Solicitor General always sees lines between lines in the interpretation of our law.
It is called transparency.
Our Minister for Justice say hooray to this mediocre guy / girl in the name of noninterference (Mara Logic Ekkak!).
Strangely, he happens to be the Minister for Buddhism.
I think he trying to attain SOVAN or higher sublime state during this term of office.
I hope he will give up the post when that happens.
An average citizen until then should bite his teeth (not in he courts of law, he will be charged).