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The natural response of the old-timers is to build a strong moral wall against the outside. This is where the world starts to be painted…
Our technological infrastructure alienates us from each other. No need to form a workplace community, everybody there will be out in a year or two,…
Just in our lifetime our society has become looser and more private, it becomes extremely difficult to hold to any permanent commitment whatever, least of…
Every year the progress of advanced capitalist society makes our population consist of more and more isolates. This is because of the infrastructure of the…
Behind a leader there must be followers, but they should always be on the lookout for the main chance and ready to change sides if…
It is only partly true that religion does more harm than good in society. The community makes God into the image it wants, vengeful, or…
What did our nation ever do to provoke these madly vicious enemies? What is seen as injustice in one place is seen as just requital…
Some scholars have been arguing that a civilizational clash between organized religions is the next step in human history.
Since 1970, relationships can be more volatile, jobs more ephemeral, geographical mobility more intensified, stability of marriage weaker.
It’s unlikely that the organized religions will get more sectarian… or is it? I am not at all sure.
Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination.
Hierarchy is is much reviled in the present day.
If people want to compete for leadership of a religious group, they can compete in piety. A chilling thought. Or funny.
Enclave life becomes very tense, Even when they do elect a leader, the factions remain, with the threat of splitting off.
Any great organization can go through sectarian phases.
I have increasingly, over the years, felt that religion today does our civilization more harm than good.
When we are reflecting on terrorism we can grieve for many things we do and have done.
I am sure it must be true that people opt out of the mainstream society because they feel that there are going to be no…
Islam is in principle egalitarian, and has always had problems with power.
It is very reasonable to worry about the harm done by organized religion, and to prefer looser and more private arrangements.
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