Religion is tribalism, which means forming group identity by excluding others. It inherently creates an "us versus them" reality.
If we are going to survive the next hundred years AS A CULTURE (and one which we're been working on for a couple thousand years now) we are going to have to face up to the fact that tribalism is going to bring the house down. We have to move beyond small group think.
Either that, or we can hope that being a Conservative, Baptist, Republican, English speaker from the North side of the tracks, who would Never let their kids do that...but thinks it's Okay if they do this...is exactly the right set of various tribal identities. If that's the case, it's you folks who will win the war, and everybody else who will perish because they got their tribes was wrong.
Myself, I think we're people first, last and foremost, and that we have hit a set of problems which we can't solve unless we are willing to EVOLVE quickly to an entirely new and higher level of understanding of what it means to be human.
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