Humans reach for the unreal, all the time. They are sold a bill of goods and it is passed down generation to generation. They enjoy the message of charlatans, as the lies ‘feel good’, and can make sense on a very base, childlike level.
Fables, legend, and characters, created and placed on the stage of life, but they never cast a shadow. Stories taught, humanistic examples of how to live via the injection of imaginary characters…heroes, traitors and the enemy alike. Traditions held and defended with human lives and human blood. Tradition.
Billions have a ‘faith’ they were indoctrinated into. Their ‘traditions’, those stories of legend and lore over time, have become actual history, and actual truths to them…no matter how impossible.
I believe it had reached epidemic proportions long ago…and is held to heart today.
Humanistic teachings are part of every society. Things that have nothing to do with the supernatural, but history and experience. Thousands of teachings that have been adopted by writers of heroes in fabrications within various religions…so, nothing new there.
Every experience within religion is experienced outside of it as well. Every day, people experience feelings, see things with no words that can justifiably describe it…feelings that transcend the average human experience, and all of that without appending imaginary beings to it, or giving credit to an imagined deity passed onto us via programming.
I’m not knocking your feelings or experiences…but know this:
There is NO need for religion or imagined personalities within lore, to be moral, good, or fulfilled. The concoction of ‘sin’ and an ‘afterlife’ steal from us, the unlimited essence of learning and living.