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cosmik debris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 03:34 PM
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39. 15 yard penalty for illegal substitution :)
In your first post you talked about "bound together around rational, practical realities then you substitute "more sensible societal goals"

The goals don't bind society together; the myth has achieved that before the goals are addressed. First society must be united, and then goals can be achieved.

The emotionally weak and intellectually challenged would not agree on social goals without an appropriate myth. For example, the social goal of helping the poor will not be achieved if the people believe the myth that the poor are lazy and stupid. But if you substitute the myth that poor people are put here by god to test your generosity, the problem gets solved. One myth unites, one myth divides. Same problem, same social goal, opposite outcomes.

And you asked what has changed. Numbers, ours not theirs. There are enough of us now that we don't absolutely need the people who are dependent on myth to motivate them to improve society. We are now a large and affluent segment of the population and when we see a situation like my example above, we address it without myth. We help the poor because we don't want to live in a society where poor people have to suffer. We do it because of our individual values rather than our shared values. At least that is my opinion.
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