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A few million years ago a hairy apish creature sat down by the cooling embers of a fire and gazed up at the night sky And there among the rotting carcasses of animals and hooting of his family the first philosopher was born Since the beginning of man the human race has always looked to the stars for answers to questions that are intrinsic to our being We have always wondered what it was that gave us meaning hope or purpose and yet even today we are no nearer to the answer then before Why are we better from the other animals that walk this planet What the reason for being here For many people religion answers those questions but just as often it asks us even more We are an insecure race and the chance that we are nothing more than animals with a superiority complex is an idea that strikes a nerve Karl Marx had once said that religion was a retreat from such a notion but religion is more then a just a big mental security blanket In western society religion has played a fundamental role in the development of our values specifically religious values from Jerusalem Later evolving into Judaism Christianity and Islam the belief in a singular all encompassing God permeates the very fabric of our society and refracts so many facets of our modern day society it is impossible to see them all Once such facet is the belief that each one of us from pauper to prince has worth It is the basis for blindfold on the Lady of Justice the foundation of the way we treat each other it was borne from the belief that we are made in the image of God A defining characteristic of todays society that Jerusalem taught us is the way we treat others In Matthew 712 and Luke 631 the bible teaches All things whatsoever ye would that men should
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