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It is very reasonable to worry about the harm done by organized religion, and to prefer looser and more private arrangements.
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 milky sweet, or scrupulously just, and so on.
Islam is in principle egalitarian, and has always had problems with power.
Inside a religious body you get sects and hierarchies, inside an information network you get bazaars and cathedrals, it is the same, call them what you like. They survive by pointing the finger of blame at each other.
Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination.
If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization.
If people want to compete for leadership of a religious group, they can compete in piety. A chilling thought. Or funny.
I have increasingly, over the years, felt that religion today does our civilization more harm than good.
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 rewards for them, if they stay.
I am convinced that living in an enclave shapes the personality, and living alone shapes the personality too.
Hierarchy works well in a stable environment.
Hierarchy is is much reviled in the present day.
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 economy, especially electronic communications.
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