Buddhism and Hinduisim, and perhaps some other belief systems on the planet, were born out of the pursuit of enlightenment. Often these types of religions are categorized along with Judaism, Christianity and Islam as ‘religions’, but nothing could be further from the truth. These two (and perhaps some others) were not born out of necessity for survival… they were created to improve the already stable lives of the communities they surrounded. Buddha and his people were not being massacred when he founded Buddhism. India was not being invaded, and did not use Hinduism to rally people together to fight of invaders. They are religions of substance, not survival.
All three Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism were all born out of a far more insincere source. Now, when I say insincere, I don’t mean dishonest… people did need to survive. However, there was no sincerity in the pursuit of truth with these three. They were created out of necessity to aid a dying or suffering group gain power, or faith to stay strong. The Jews have always been persecuted and were persecuted from Egypt – to survive in the desert they came up with a set of rules and said God spoke to them, that they were blessed people in order to keep them going.
Christians were persecuted BY the Jews and Romans, and created Christianity saying God spoke to them, that THEY were the chosen people, etc.
Islam as well was created for the tribes that were being persecuted by the governing peoples of the area, and inspired them to fight violently to defend their lands.
Now, the most relevant part of this entire investigation is what happens when these people are no longer being persecuted? When we ask ourselves this question, we start to find some really ugly answers.
When a people are being persecuted, and they are given supernatural incentive to survive, and this incentive in some way or another suggests that they are special as opposed to the rest of the world, this seemingly positive boost in morale can become quite devastating when the persecutions end. This is because what was once clinged to for survival then becomes a means of elitism, and elitism breeds the same injustices around them, caused by them, that was being perpetrated on them when they were being persecuted.
The lesson to be learned is that in the midst of hardships, especially in the midst of hardships, people must cling to something within them rather than something external to them. Humans must learn to harness the power of some spiritual confidence within themselves instead of relying on it from an external source. They may cling to it for dear life, hanging on when they are down, but when they are up they may use it to strike the hammer down on those weaker than them.