There is that old adage that at family gatherings you should never discuss religion or politics...
Ever wonder about those two things, they always seem to be bound together. Just ask any Atheist who attempted to run for any political office of any kind in the US. Yeah, good luck finding one - its not a pretty picture. Deny that you are a "god botherer" and you can forget about any political aspirations you may have.
What else is similar about most "Accepted" religions and politics? Well, the most prescient one I cna think of is "There is some ultimate Authority and you had better bow down to it (or at least make the various grunts and gesticulations that imply that you do).
Authority. Where one individual or group has decided it knows what is best for you and me - and damnation to the one who questions this assertion, or... gasp... disobeys it.
And what is it about this subject that gets everyone so riled up with someone who disagrees?
"You are disregarding ma authorita!" (insert picture of Cartman here) - in other words each of us has some idea of what "ought" to be done, and what "is" being done and when others have different "oughts" or "is" they assume you are trying to disregard their "Authorita"...
We take this personal... and so do those who assume they are the "Authoritas" because of their current possession of bigger "guns". Certain individuals dress up in costumes and expect that you will recognize their "Authorita" based on those costumes.
I hate to break this to everyone, myself included, but are we not still just monkeys who are scared of the "Boom Booms" in the sky - which we have attributed to the "gods"? Are we not just like the tribes that went around killing each other so "our" king and queen can rule the lands? Are we really that much different than the wolf pack that fights with another wolf pack over "hunting rights"?
Frankly folks it all comes down the the "Great Filter" of the Fermi Paradox,,,
Fermi Paradox in a nutshell: Life began on earth almost as soon as it cooled down enough - therefore we can assume it has formed on may other planets in our galaxy. If so, then at least some of those worlds ought to have developed complex life, and at least some of those should have evolved into sentient intelligent life. If so, we ought to be able to detect something about this, but so far we have not. Where are they?
Great Filter in a nutshell: The concept that there are "walls" or "filters" the make it difficult or impossible for sentient intelligent life to develop in the universe.
Is not politics and religion (organized authoritarian type) a great filter? I propose that it is. One we might want to rid ourselves of as soon as possible.
Edited by SteampunkScientist, 10 July 2019 - 08:40 AM.