What Does Your Appendix Have in Common With Religion?

A Vestigial organ is a part of the body that used to serve a purpose but it’s no longer used or needed. So we have vestigial organs but we also have vestigial ideology. That’s what religion is.
There was a time before books when an oral tradition of storytelling was used to teach morality, agricultural information, history and even perhaps an early and very primitive attempt at laying out law. After a time we invented writing and paper and used these things to record information in a more permanent form. Over time we relied less and less on the oral tradition and more and more on what became books. So when the oral tradition got it’s chance to be recorded, we didn’t get the best information, what we got was a sort of “greatest hits” of the ideas that were the most useful for the clergy. We’ve long since weeded out the bad ideology and with the help of our ever evolving minds we’ve cherry picked the best ideas and the rest is vestigial ideology.
There was a time when we humans ate grass and other wild vegetation as part of our regular diet. At that time an organ in our bodies we now know as the appendix was there to help us properly digest this grassy vegetation. Through the slow and stay process of evolution we eventually stood upright and most likely started eating more fruit and other things and less and less grass. Once the ability to digest grass was no longer an evolutionary pressure, successive generations lost a fully functioning appendix. So now most of us have a shrivelled up worthless organ that sometimes gets inflamed and has to be removed to avoid severe sickness or even death. We call this type of organ a vestigial organ.
The term “vestigial” applies to things that were once useful in a previous iteration, version or time, but no longer are required or useful. If there’s anything that falls into that category it’s religion!
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