Belief in a religion is an absolute illusion, because a religion is only an ideology whose predominant statements and assertions are usually far from reality.
However, virtually every religion has a core based on realities, true events, or insights, on which the origins of a religious ideology are often based.
In the further course of an ideological/religious development, many, if not most, original elements of reality degenerate into myths, fantasies, and especially instruments of the power of their respective rulers, which is usually also reflected in the political rulers use it for their own consolidation of power.
The more a religious ideology can walk across the water, paradises, etc.the more they move away from reality in their inner principles, and develop more and more esotericism and fantasies.
Political ideologies, on the other hand, are more likely to have a way of orientating themselves towards realities, since the believers in ideology hope for a more real short-term realization of the promises of ideology, and therefore the real effects of ideological action of critical to examine.
In this respect, any kind of ideology degenerates when it fails to measure its statements and principles against reality, which is often the cause of its end.
If the act.making the mistake of not directly following the needs of their constituents or masters has very quickly crossed the line of religion, see personality cult as a godlike leader, as in North Korea, or see the Pope.
In China, fortunately, leaders are actually competing for economic success for the population, even if the communist gods enrich themselves the most.
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However, all ideologies strengthen the cohesion of the supporters involved.This leads to an increase in all ideology/religious goals and statements, because the power of faith with the scope of its statements, with the number of its members, with the temporal length of the ideology/religious existence, and with the force of its leaders (see e.g. 1944 or Easter sermons by the Pope).
In other words, the longer and more established a religious/ideology exists, the more consolidated the esoteric statements of faith have become in the minds of their members, the more it also establishes a firm social cohesion, which even against violent destructive elements becomes immune, see e.g. current Islam, or religions in times of war or/or dictatorship.
The main reasons for the preservation and spread of religious/ideologies are:
- Promise for the present and the future, in which the deep desires for security, collective involvement, security and economic stability are to be fulfilled, which are fulfilled by both paradises and welfare states.
- A member of a religious/ideology finds himself much more involved in a community of like-minded people than in anonymous associations, which creates a feeling of security and at least ideological protection in him.
- People without sufficient identification with reasons for life, especially (older) women who pursue little or no own life ideologies, find appropriate motivations and support in a religious/ideological community if there are suitable topics, such as children, social affairs, poverty, wealth, lies, crime, morality, etc.
An ideology without leaders is probably not enduring in most of today’s earthly genotypes, which is why the majority of the earth is governed by authoritarianism, with only an external touch of democracy. If a leader uses the term democracy, his leadership is very well secured, as long as he does not violate the first four points.
On the other hand, however, it deliberately masks the unreal assumptions and assertions of a religious/ideology by the feelings triggered by rituals. All the more well-known rulers took advantage of these ritual effects, deeply rooted in the genetic material, beginning with the singing toddler mother, until further to the medical man or leader, as well as in the trance of women in the step of soldiers, to the music, which especially then is effective when deep (male-voiced) tone sequences in the beat of the heartbeat combine with urge to move, see gospels, love parade, marching music, etc. This also includes lighting candles, singing the International, as well as esoteric military parades, or particularly loud tank and military flight demonstrations. Party and church days are all the more influential the more ritualized senses of community are initiated and instrumentalized. Particularly systematic personality cult enables the infantilization, cultivation and installation of a leadership hierarchy that brings the religious/ideology into the orientation of an institutionalized personality rule, the cause of which is also genetic is created. See the Pope, Kim Jong-un or even Western presidents, if they are held up for no real reason, even if their zenith has long since been exceeded. Personality cult is deeply laid out in the genes of man and many animals. Likewise, all family/group/community/national state-demarcating (genetically-determined) rituals are highly effective, which is particularly easy to observe, for example, in clan behavior, at weddings, at football or when playing national or war anthems.