From esoteric ontological arguments to the less aggressive Pragmatic ones, Religion has its roots in and influence on politics, ethics, history, and of course, humanity. While St. Anselm’s argument prevails through brilliant critiques and countless examinations, the arguments for and against the existence of God renders meaningless in face of multiple Theocracy and affiliated Governments. Regardless of the Atheists’ and Agnostics’ diligent pursuit of knowledge over beliefs in the unprovable, Religion exist as a necessity to some.
In discussions of humanity’s basic needs and rights, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness comes into mind. By listing the factors contributing to an individual’s happiness, a correlation is seen to equivalate this basic human right—the pursuit of happiness—to the outcomes of affiliation with Religion.
Religion → Peace / Fulfillment / Emotional stability / Explanation / Closure → Happiness
As seen above, the relationship provides a positive feedback to which most would desire and pursue. However, if we examine the benefits between Religion and Happiness, a conclusion is drawn.
Ones who decide to believe in an existence of a higher being fails to understand or refuses to accept the current understanding of the world, lacks stability without authority, or is incapable of achievements without a system in place.
Simply put, it is the disbelievers of evolution, hopeless fighters at rock bottom, and individuals who crave reward for positive deeds who are more prone to take the shelter of Religion. Without discrediting ones who claim “an unexplainable experience” or “the possibility of the unimaginable” as the reasons to their belief, nor including the concerns of the drawbacks and harms of excessive faith, Religion ultimately serves a purpose only to the ones in need.
A metaphysical stance is often the most difficult to take as opinions can rarely be proven–
Unless one takes on the path of Atheism, to which she becomes free of the burden to provide any proof.
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