What Would the World Look Like if There Were No Gods?
March 4, 2012 9:39pm CST
This is a question in two parts. What would the physical world look like and how would it function if there were no gods? The second part is how would the social fabric of our world look if there were no gods?
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5 Mar 12
The physical world would look and function just the same since there are no gods. If people didn't believe in gods, then society would look a lot more peaceful. People would value life more as it wouldn't be viewed as a means to an end, but rather a short and wonderful experience to be experienced to the fullest. People wouldn't go to war in the name of god and people would probably be more reluctant to kill and put their lives on the line for some bs. People wouldn't get to use their faith as an excuse for their cruelty and prejudice. People would stop embracing ignorance, but rather knowledge and science. People would be free to marry whoever they want. People would teach their children morals instead of bribery. It wouldn't be socially acceptable to threaten our children with torture and tell them horrific stories about violence, rape, and monsters. Children wouldn't have to be afraid of the dark. They wouldn't have to be ashamed and afraid of who they are or who they may be attracted to. People wouldn't have to be afraid and angry all the time. People could have a chance at a peace of mind, instead of believing that they are in a timeless war. Luckily, if trends continue, the future will see this reality and the world can finally have some unity.
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8 Mar 12
i totally agree with you. Religion has actually corrupted the concept of "God" to instill fear so they can actually control the people who believe in their cause. I think this isn't an issue of having "no God" but rather having "no religion" because different religions have their own perception of God and teach those perceptions to their followers and in most cases use it to turn their followers into unruly fanatics, instilling absurd laws and the more people repress things the more it breeds hate and violence :)) it's actually a shame that religion made people think of themselves as degraded animals rather than realizing their full potential as a loving, respectable and caring being.
5 Mar 12
Hi Chiang It all depends what you mean when you say "gods" As humans we have to believe that some power or being started the whole think going and laid down the natural laws by which it all works. If that power or being was not there they nothing else would either. However now it has started and it is working then no further intervention is needed and it is clear that all the gods invented by men are just that inventions.
5 Mar 12
I think in many ways the idea of a god or gods reflects the perceptual error that seems common to all of us. Our minds seem tuned to reverse the idea of cause and effect. We see what we view as an effect and have to invent some sort of plausible cause.
5 Mar 12
As humans we normally seek for an explanation for anything we do not understand. It is this factor of the human brain that has led to our success as a species but as you say it does mean that as a species we have a problem with seeing something we do not understand and ignoring it until we can understand it. We have to seek an explanation which leaves people open to be led and exploited by all sorts of practitioners
24 Mar 12
Well, since gods are really just like "imaginary friends" of those religious folks, with no real effect on the real world, I think that everything would be more or less the same as right now. However there will be a significant difference. Since there would be no gods, no one will start wars and kill thousands people only for the sake of religion! Right now, many extremist groups base their activities in religious beliefs and without those, perhaps those things would not be the same up to some point.