After thousands of years of living under the thumbs of various religions, the purveyors of religious dogma would have us believe that if we were just a little more devout or had a bit more faith, all of the world's problems could be quickly and justly solved. According to the theologians, if the teachings of their particular religion were universally applied, we would quickly find ourselves living in Utopia. And we would have their particular god to thank for the transformation.
If what the deists tell us is true, it begs the question; Why are we still plagued by war, hunger and disease? Surely greed, mayhem and avarice would be as rare as the carrier pigeon if religion were the answer. It seems obvious that if one follows the same recipe under the same or similar conditions, one can expect to achieve the same results. History has shown this to be the case.
Perhaps it's time for a new paradigm. Instead of continuing to bump our heads against the window and never finding the exit, we need a new strategy. Part of the problem is the attitude many deists love to tout, the attitude that this life is nothing more than a temporary trial and should not be taken too seriously. Instead we should devote most of our energy to preparing for the next life.
The new paradigm will teach us to live in the here and now. It will teach us to care for one another regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. No one is left behind. The concept of us and them would cease to exist.
It's time to tell the cultists to shut the hell up and get out of the way. It's time for the rest of us to take the reins and work to make the world more progressive and more humane. It's time to relegate the fairy tale believers to there prayer closets where they can commune with their invisible friends until they are content.
Religion is not the answer to the plagues of mankind. It never was.