- Sep 2012
Controlling the masses by ' mechanisms ' went out of fashion when Galileo invented the telescope and showed that the earth was not at the center of the planetary system. Scientific advances have thrown out the Mythology from the contents of Religion. But the remnants of a Spiritual Belief in the psyche of the human society still remain and are quite active. While disbelief in Heaven and Hell is widespread, we---by that I mean most of the humanity--- still believe in God. Belief in God brings in attendant beliefs in Good deeds and the Merit that accrues from them, which is a systemic effort towards a moral society. Let us not besmirch it in a Communistic way as a ' Mechanism '.A place of "positive" emotions. One heaven can be another hell. You need some kind of brainwashing to keep a place where the mood is positive all the time. Heaven and hell are clearly religious mechanism to control the mass. Reward and punishment.