Florida State College at Jacksonville
Professor Paige M. Erickson
28 April 2013
Professor Paige M. Erickson
20 April 2013
Religion has been very important in people’s lives for thousands of years, and most likely will stay for years to come, “God is dead; but given the way of men, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown”(Nietzsche, “Gay Science” s.108). Because it has been such a big part of people’s lives, people don’t want to, or are taught not to question these rules and stories that are told, it takes away their freedom. Religion also tends to be antiquated, its rules and regulations often don’t adhere to the modern world and therefore lead to conflict. Finally, because Religion tends to become an organization or a group, it needs a leader, which causes a great problem because of the human factor and most of all because it is very easy to control people with something they deem as the absolute truth. In our society religion is a destructive force that needs to be addressed, in modern times the need for a more updated view on modern issues is something very important that can and will shape the future, religion must be fixed.
Religion has been around for thousands of years; it has been a guiding force in many nations and still is very much alive today. Humanity in this day and age does not know a time when religion was not a very big part of life, practitioner of a religion or not sadly everyone ends up being affected. The human culture is so bound in religion that they stop questioning what these religious groups say, in fact people are taught not to question anything, “What is wanted is blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned”(Nietzsche, “Daybreak” s.89). If anyone were to speak a word of doubt about each religion’s respective holy book, they would be labeled as non-believers and there would be no end to the looks and the reprimands from their family and their community. Through these traditions, people are taught not to exercise their free will, they are taught that they must always say the right things and think in a certain specific way, in other words, it destroys their free will. In this regard, religion ends up being destructive because by taking people’s free will away from them it creates a community where no one is allowed to speak out, and where new ideas are shunned. The concept of a Religion starts out with good intentions, by controlling people’s views it is trying to create a community where peace reigns and there is no conflict. However, what is forgotten is that by creating these communities through destroying people’s ambitions and ideas, religion ends up separating people rather than bringing them together, “The reverse side of compassion for the suffering of one’s neighbor is a profound suspicion of all the joy of one’s neighbor, of his joy in all that he wants to do and can”(Nietzsche, “Daybreak” s.64). For example, in the one Religion of Christianity, there are tens of thousands of different denominations, all because people interpret the same book and teachings in different ways. In the end religion ends up being destructive, it separates people and forces different ideas unto them which always end in conflict.
The foundations of religion are the teachings of their respective gods or holy figures, whose teachings are often said to be contained in each religion’s respective holy book. These books have been around for thousands of years and therefore are extremely antiquated. As people have moved on and science has advanced to a point where what people called miracles have been proven to be normal occurrences within the bounds of the laws of nature, religion shows more and more signs of its age. This becomes a problem because in modern society these antiquated teachings create people who rely on...
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