Today’s most popular religions have
one thing in common: gods or supernatural laws (such as karma) that dictate
moral behavior and punish transgressions. Act morally and these supernatural
forces will reward you; break the rules and you’ll be punished.
But moralizing gods seem to be quite
rare in human history. Researchers know from ethnographies that the gods of
hunter-gatherer societies, for example, don’t much concern themselves with
humans, much less their moral behavior. (Many of them focus on nature instead.)
A study tests a popular hypothesis about why moralizing gods eventually took
To test this idea, a team of
researchers used a new historical database called Seshat (named for the ancient
Egyptian goddess of wisdom). Seshat contains information about the sizes,
governments, militaries, religions, economies, and more of hundreds of
societies spanning the past 10,000 years, making it possible for researchers to
quantitatively compare them.
The scientists analyzed 414 societies
from 30 regions around the world, from the deep past until the Industrial
Revolution. Their results showed that large-scale societies did tend to have
moralizing gods, whereas small-scale societies didn’t, the team reports today
in Nature. But when the researchers zeroed in on the 12 regions for which they
could examine societies before and after the emergence of moralizing gods, they
found that moralizing gods consistently appeared after a society had already
grown large and complex. (1)
We love our freedom. But we need rules
And the only rules we can follow, are
the rules imposed by us from someone else.
That is why we need gods. Punishing
gods. To impose rules on our self.
But take a good look.
Whom are you truly listening to?
There is no one else out there.
Imposing rules on yourself.
No, you will never listen to anyone
You are the only one who can control
Free not to be free if you wish.
No, that doesn’t mean that there is no
But exactly the opposite.
You are part of Him.
Who else can relieve you from your
If not yourself?
Seeking societies we always were.
Seeking bondage in a seemingly free
Because this bondage is our freedom.
And within them, lie the boundaries of
Lies the essence of yourself.
Bound to everything.
Free to roam the dark forest.
Watching. Feeling. Being.
Fully enslaved to your potential.
Able to break the world to pieces.
Bringing the world back together.
For the only way to truly be free…
Is not to be…