Pretensions to moral superiority are devastatingly destructive.
If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization.
I am convinced that living in an enclave shapes the personality, and living alone shapes the personality too.
Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve, it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions. And it does not provide buffers between members, so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other.
If people want to compete for leadership of a religious group, they can compete in piety. A chilling thought. Or funny.
Yes, disappointment over perceived unfairness, injustice, promises not kept, tends to go hand in hand with increasing prosperity. Expectations are dashed. What can I say!
Religion can make it worse. Are you supposing that if people were encouraged to believe in a transcendent reality, and to be encouraged by grand rituals and music and preaching, to love their neighbors, then they would put jealousy and frustration aside?
Hierarchy is is much reviled in the present day.
What did our nation ever do to provoke these madly vicious enemies? What is seen as injustice in one place is seen as just requital in the other.
Enclave life becomes very tense, Even when they do elect a leader, the factions remain, with the threat of splitting off.
Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination.
Without that assured American largesse Israel would have been obliged to come to an accommodation with her neighbours.
It seems true that the growth of science and secularism made organized Christianity feel under threat.
The history of the Church of Rome is a constant leakage of members into such breakaway cults, which go on splitting.
Behind a leader there must be followers, but they should always be on the lookout for the main chance and ready to change sides if the current leader doesn't deliver.
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