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Tue May 15, 2018, 04:06 PM

Would there have been as many wars if

there was never any religion on the planet? I am sure greed and the need for shelter and food would have caused a lot of death and destruction, but if you removed religion as a factor that influences humans, would there have been fewer battles?

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Reply Would there have been as many wars if (Original post)
BigmanPigman May 2018 OP
trotsky May 2018 #1
Glamrock May 2018 #2
BigmanPigman May 2018 #3
Glamrock May 2018 #4
rurallib May 2018 #5
Buzz cook Jul 2018 #6
Duppers Aug 2018 #7
RussBLib Aug 2018 #8

Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2018, 04:42 PM

1. Oh I don't think anyone is naive enough to say there would be no wars.

But it sure does take away one of the best recruiting tools there ever was. "Do this for your king/emperor/country and you'll go to heaven."

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2018, 06:20 PM

2. I don't know sister.

Definately a thought provoking question. But my faith, or lack there of, in our species leads me to believe that had there been no religion, we'd kill each other over stripes vs. plaid tartans. Or Tomayto vs tomato. Man doesn't need much of an excuse to kill man.

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Response to Glamrock (Reply #2)

Tue May 15, 2018, 06:32 PM

3. Which leads me to question whether or not

there would be as many wars if there was less testosterone on the planet?
Does testosterone make you mean?

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/20/testosterone-myth-male-hormone-behaviour-risk-taking?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #3)

Tue May 15, 2018, 06:36 PM

4. Oh that? Pfffff!

Fuck yes there'd be less wars with less testosterone. No question. I'm a super even keeled, laid back dude. But even I've had to check myself when I felt it rise.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2018, 09:16 PM

5. If not religion, there would have been some "we good, they bad"

split among humans. Would there have been as many wars? Who knows.
Would they have been as brutal if they were not for the glory of some deity? Who knows.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2018, 11:44 PM

6. It would have been harder to persuade people to kill each other.

"I want you and your sons to fight and die so I can control more land", isn't going to get as many followers.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Thu Aug 23, 2018, 09:00 PM

7. No, there would be less. Major issue...

Take the point of bravely facing death, of sacrificing one's life, then
take away the belief of an afterlife and even being awarded for their cause. Who then would be as willing to end their lives?

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Thu Aug 23, 2018, 09:56 PM

8. Probably less

But ignorance runs in many streams and I'm sure other conflicts would have arisen. Getting rid of testosterone would really reduce conflict, but hey, just give us more estrogen instead.

Getting rid of religion today seems pretty far-fetched, considering the depth of Muslim faith and the grip it has on many countries. Such a tragic joke on humanity.

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