Religions were intended to assist people with cognitive development and moral integrity. Buddhism is more a philosophy than religion. "Religiousness" is more important than "religion"; it doesn't matter which philosophy/cultural morality one chooses, but one was more likely to succeed in the past if they were church members. This was due to the social structure (power structure) that defined most feudalistic societies. "Truthfulness" is more valuable to the individual than "truth"; therefore the focus on scientific materialism and support for the physical world has distracted people from spiritual study and introspection.
In a new world a person is more reliant on their own means for development and this leaves people vulnerable to conflicting messages and corruption. The world has changed, although most have no sense for history-- so, because history was written to satisfy the power hierarchy which has broken down due to is own corruptive weight, people have not developed a broader and more questioning stance towards the doctrines of science as they do for the doctrines of religion.
When the smoke clears, a new world will be exposed. Not many can see it, in the present moment. Slick sales and marketing concepts have robbed people of their personal connection to clarity and introspection. Most feel a meaninglessness and vulnerability because they have not developed into free-minded sovereign individuals-- and group structure has little to gain in teaching people how to free themselves, spiritually. Spiritual development has become an undesirable dissident to the controlled marketplace of corporate influence; thus funding has not gone towards spiritual enrichment, but into market development via the educational system (degree factories).
Last edited by Sophia_; 02-04-2011 at 12:09 PM.