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Religion is the opium of the people. Do you agree?


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Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man—state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d'honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion. Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.



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If by opium you mean the revolving appearance of the unnecessary journey of self, the spectacle of "All is Known", the apparentness lack of terra-incognita, the notion of expertness being opposed to dis-interest, the feelings of inferiority when an issue arises that suggests that some mental investment is to be taken to action in a form of guesswork, the irrelevant attachment of Hobbyistic to Experimental, then YES.

I do think that so-called open-minded people, before looking beyond a crack in the system, believe that the system has it's trustworthy tentacles gripped around the infrastructures of the existence and the universe altogether, while any investigation of the truth in every theory gives those people a "headache" and a retreat to consumerism (the existential ideology, not the shop-wise attitude.)

And if by Religion the mediums that provide such messages that suggest external, out-of-medium meaning to the differentiated subject, that by-default are controlling the paradigm that is mostly referred to as "common sense" and probably were the ones that created it in the first place. If by Religion you mean those things that are concluded by the show of such mediums as the television, the microscope and mathematical equations, then YES.

I do think that Religion is the (necessary) opium of the (inner party) people.

Side: Yes.
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yep,I dont know why people gather after the name of religion...Many of them dont know the real meaning of religion.Hindu,Muslims,Sikhs,Christians are communities with different interests and believes...The real meaning of religion is Some set of rules that an individual follows...different people different opinion.some like Pizza and other may love eating Pasta is there any point to fight or quarrel why they have different taste...Similarly there must be not gathering of communities for proving them superior.Some people who are benefited by this corrupt mentality use our innocent individuals wash their brain and provoke them for religious war only for their own sake and benefit...Illogically we are following everything...Logically counter everything and make your way to success and leave this topic of RELIGION...

Side: Yes.
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It can be I agree. But to say that is just what it is I will disagree. Religion is the ties you have to whatever/whomever you are devoted to. It is our ideological and thereby traditional culture. It can imprison the mind or set it free. If it is good religion it is sought out not advertised.

Side: No.