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By 500 BC in the central Eurasian continent the Greco-Roman the Middle-Eastern the Indian and the Chinese civilizations had developed into flourishing communities By this time each community had laid down certain basic guidelines for living and dealing with new problems as they arose For the next 2000 years until about 1500 AD each civilization went its own way within these guidelines and flourished uniquely Perhaps the two most unavoidable problems that plagued humans for as long as they existed are the need for an individual identity and the need for answers Both of these questions can be and have been answered by the solution of the religions that developed within these four cultures The ability for Greece Rome China India and the Middle East to solve problems they encountered is what defined the structure of the civilizations There are two main reasons why these cultures and all cultures for that matter feel the need for a religion All religions rest on at least one of the following principles The first one is the need for individuals to have an identity and to belong The Indian and Chinese religions are both based on this principle The second reason responsible for the growth of religion stems from mans need to know why Why are we here What is the meaning of life What happens after we die And so on This principle is responsible for the popularity of Greco-Roman polytheism and some of the Middle Eastern religion around the time of 500 BC A need for all people whether or not they have a religious faith is to have an identity All of us spend our entire lives crafting this identity Some want to have the identity of a humble family figure while others wish they could be rich and famous as Hollywood actors musicians or authors Yet in the process many of these individuals fail in their quest and finally end up worse than
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