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quote:Originally posted by Acoustic SamuraiListen to this. How do you keep a child from misbehaving? You threaten to punish him, and more times that not it works because that child is afraid that you till take something away that they enjoy. We use fear to control. Its evident in our government, schools and everyday parenting. Now if we wanted to set guidelines to control a society or even a large group of people you have to find something that everyone fears. And that universal fear is the fear of the unknown, or put plainer the fear of death and the uncertainty of life after death, or just a void of nothingness. If you somehow convince a group of people that if they follow certain rules, testaments, lifestyles that they will be guaranteed something that is "uncertain". It seems like the most effective way to govern a populous, except for the few exceptions such as atheists and agnostics. And they are usually condemmed, maybe not physically, but convinced to the "society" that they are doomed for their unbelief. I'm honestly not trying to "explain" religion, it was just an interesting thought i had.