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Discussion 1 to Meditation 417
Old habits die hard

by Loren Taylor

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Why does a (Western) government need to support religion?

Simple: old habits die hard. As a student, I was always struck by how history books can document hundreds of years as one "period" of history.

My view of human history tells me that most large societies are imperialist in nature --- that is, they are rarely content to keep to themselves, and eventually try to subjugate other populations. In addition to violent invasions, language and religion are the chief tools used to conquer people with different systems and cultures.

In modern times, the colonial urge is acted out more subtly--thru economics & multi-national "cooperation". But the thought that the "others" should think and live as "we" do is still ingrained in our national consciousness --- especially for people who have religions based on "salvation".