Can Society Exist Without Religion? Essay

1019 Words May 18th, 2012 5 Pages
If one were to ask whether early human societies could have existed without religion, the answer would be a resounding no. Their collective knowledge was simply not considerable enough to explain the pertinent questions about life that faced them everyday. It’s human nature to seek answers to the unknown, and with each generation the human race is becoming exponentially more intelligent; able to explain more about our world with each new discovery. Although religion was an essential institution in early societies, a greater universal understanding, and acceptance of new ideas has devalued its importance in modern times. The vitality of religion to early societies is undeniable. Because, unlike other animals, humans are born with very few …show more content…
It provides an irreplaceable, sustainable workforce for Indian farmers, and is a key source of milk, fuel, and fertilizer, among other things (Harris 463). The survival of India’s farmers, thus India’s entire agriculture, is perpetually tied to the survival of their cows; so it is no wonder that a ban on executing bovines exists in the religion that is practiced most throughout India.
However, there are times of severe drought in which many Indians go starving. What stops a hungry man from killing one of the many cows that scour the streets for food? This is where the establishment of religion is so important. Say for example, the ban on eating bovines was entirely secular; simply a sanction implemented by the national government. Laws are far more likely to be broken than steadfast religious beliefs in times of need, so when stripped of its religious connotations this ban becomes significantly less effective. The justification for a starving man to break a law to feed his family is a simple, but convincing one: survival. Yes, strict punishments could be enforced on offenders, but the extent of those punishments is limited by the number of people who can enforce them. In this way, religion supersedes the law because it does not require people to enforce it; it is enforced by precisely the people who it is trying to control. It is not met with resistance because it is not brutally imposed on them by an authority, it carries a greater meaning than that. It
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