Ok now that I have gotten the attention of our mouth-breathing, Obama hatin, bible thumpers…lets take a look at an often overlooked quote from the Red Commie himself Karl Marx:
“Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions.”
What we usually only get is “Religion is the opiate of the people”, but to read his full quote demands you give the man more respect on this subject. This quote is perfect in its analysis of our big 3 religions(muslim/jews/christians). He describes both why we have it, why its wrong, and why we are better off to leave it behind. It has all the same attributes associated with a drug:
To be fair Marx is not blaming the world’s problem on religion, he has greedy-rich oppressors to fill that role…but what he really is saying is deeper than that. Marx’s real issue is that of a world that has grown cold and heartless do to the industrial revolution, greed, corporations and their value of profit above all else. To him Religion is merely trying to fill that void of the “good life” most in his day would never get the chance to experience. So to him religion was the drug most often used to ease the of pain an often miserable life.
He stopped too short, but to his credit he was not writing the “Atheist Manifesto” he had political philosophy in mind, i will help him out here though…
The Church is the crack dealer on the corner selling dope to kids. They appeal to the weak and fearful who are easy pickings for the promise of a better “afterlife”. They prey on the intolerant who only want live in a world that extends no further than their town border. They created this matrix we live in and thus will do their best to make sure we keep taking that blue pill for fear the myth is exposed and we see there really was nothing to fear all along.
So Marx was right about religion as it pertains to the individual, but missed the chance to really expose the institution as it relates to all of humanity. As we move more and more into the “information age” we all increasingly have that opportunity to choose which way to go? Do we demand that our societies, leaders, friends, relatives, etc give up this conditioned illusion…or do we continue to put our faith in a world of fiction?