16 11 11 - 19:14An insight into why ancients were the way they were:
In the ancient times, society was divided into classes, which was a valid thing to do. Son of a farmer was a farmer not because he can't become a scholar but rather because the effort required would be higher. Every farmer's thought trains can be generalized partially, obviously his son can himself acquire these thought trains quite easily as he interacts with a surroundings which stimulate these thought trains, thus he has an advantage if he were to choose his career as a farmer. Similarly, son of a scholar would easily be developed into one himself. Since collective development of the society was given more importance than individual whims, this structure of society was followed. This automatically meant that there would be a hierarchy in intelligence based on the occupations of different people. Thus in its own way, the ancient Indian society had a man and an Ãbermensch ('above man') with the former consisting of groups of people with menial jobs and the latter with much more matured occupations.
According to me, the only logical explanation of the origin of religion was that the man in lower position in intellectual hierarchy needed a set of rules which he, by himself, couldn't have perceived. This fact was understood by the Ãbermensch and thus they fabricated rules or introduced texts , which were essentially consisting of moral guidelines for individual roles in the development of the society, these may be in the form of stories, some very impractical and are thus, frowned upon today. - The Alternate Portal
The same rules apply today.
If you are of a lower IQ, you have two basic choices:
(1) Hope you get lucky in the game of life
(2) Get guaranteed income by having caste status
While one in ten thousand might benefit from #1, the rest benefit from #2 -- and the one who benefited from #1 may not confer that benefit in turn on those subject to his services or goods.
As science explores onward, it finds more of what it does not know.
I suggest that instead of trying to oppose religion, we adopt it. Take it home, learn to understand it, feed it and hold it. Then show it our point of view.
Our society is wracked by pointless wars in which individuals demand "freedom" from things. We don't need freedom. We need order.