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In Homo Religiosus Karen Armstrong talks about religion and culture and ties those two themes in with the meaning of life and reaching a level of internal happiness that seems very far to us After reading this piece the reader can assume that Armstrong perceives religion as something crucial to humans from a very long time dating back to the Paleolithic Era She mentions the labyrinths during that era which were said to be a sacred place for some kind of a ritual Armstrong sees religion as a set of rules to discipline the human kind and something to live by to achieve spiritual contentment She also explains the ideal culture and religion and what has to be done to achieve peace in this life The ideal culture in contrast to the practice of culture is very different and in some instances religion is what dictates culture The practice of religion constantly keeps on evolving we change religion to make us feel better about ourselves and we perceive it in a way that benefits us Armstrong mentions that We instinctively feel that we must protect our fragile egos from anything that threatens it Armstrong 36 As individuals we tend to make mistakes and often times our decisions can affect us in a way which brings us down but in order to keep our egos up we interpret things such as religion in a different meaning than it is to help us justify our actions Religion is something that people go to to seek ekstasis a stepping outside the norm Armstrong 27 to feel a sense of satisfaction that cannot be seen but rather felt The basic teachings of religion are generally the same such as living selflessly and creating peace amongst ourselves some cultures interpret it differently As generations move forward religion starts to evolve things that were previously forbidden start to
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