Why do people preoccupy their lives with religion, traditions. social opinions, superstitions etc?

When you take a step back and truly look at the human race, you really do question why we're so different to other living creatures. For example, why do we all have jobs, legal systems etc rather than just living off the land? At the end of the day, we're just animals with a more intricate brain - some use it to explore why we're here, others use it to do exactly as they're told. Which brings me on to religion. Why are religions so grand and so largely followed when they give us no real explanation for our world. Why dedicated our entire lives to a God (or other Deity) when we're going to be alive for 80ish years and then die. I understand the wanting to live on afterwards, but there's no evidence for that possibility. If I said that by spending your life stood on one leg would result in the afterlife, would people do it? Nope, so why do so many people blindly follow these faiths? The same goes for traditions, superstitions and so on.Why do so many people read their horoscopes? I know I'm a Sagittarius. Does that mean that every week 1/12 of the worlds population will be getting the same results from their actions? Obviously not, so why do people fork out so much money into star signs? Basically, it's a crazy world we live in, and I think people should care less about what people think about them, and spend more time doing what they enjoy, whether it be sex, drugs, alcohol, food, exercise, music or whatever else rather than just doing what they feel pressurized to do. We're always taught as kids to never cave in to peer pressure, but isn't that peer pressure in itself? Not doing what our friends do in order to not upset our parents/community/teachers. Who cares what they think?!

Asked By: Ben - 1/4/2012
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It's a good question. One of the amazing things about humans is their ability to believe just about anything, no matter how bat-sh!t mad it obviously is... More
Answered By: Sienna - 1/4/2012
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It's called CONSPIRACY!!! In case u're interested in researching the whole topic (which is very huge and extremely complex) "zeitgeist" documentary is a good place to start.
Answered By: Dany - 1/4/2012
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