If there had never been religion by now you might be skimming along in your flying car. Maybe the light barrier would have been broken and you would be visiting relatives living on a world light years away, for the weekend.
Wars might be a distant memory. Perhaps there would never have been any wars, no vast cemeteries full of “heroes” dying in useless wars, lives cut short.
The imagination unbounded humanity might have accomplished things we could not imagine ourselves at this point in time with so many afflicted with the stupefying and virulent religions. What heights might humanity have reached, perhaps we might have reached a level of civilization where we could move asteroids out of their flight paths thereby shielding our earth from harm. Perhaps we could move stars.
Instead, even now in this century, this millennium, we yet face the possible extinguishment of humanity in some religious conflict. Instead, even now, over two thousand years after the fabrication of the most horrendous hoax perpetrated upon humanity, we remain hamstrung, unable to free ourselves from the tendrils of an affliction that reaches out from antiquity. We desperately need to free ourselves, yet so many cling to the false hope offered by bronze and iron age goat herders who really didn’t know their hind ends from a hole in the ground.
The next time you look at your television set and watch helplessly as yet some new conflict is ignited by some bleary-eyed religious fanatic, a zealot, imagine what an amazing world this would be, free of such nonsense, a world where humans helped each other without regard to their affiliation with an ancient ignorant philosophy. A world where education and reason are celebrated instead of ignorance. A world where people’s minds were free of the cobwebs of unfounded irrational belief.