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Why Society is Better off Without The Institution of Religion The study of what makes people happy, even when things are not going well, is the study of positive psychology. Positive psychologist study the conditions and processes that help flourish the function of people, groups and institutions (Gable). According to google, an institution is “a society or organization founded for a religious, educational, social or similar purpose.” According to webster, Religion is “a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, belief, and practices.” Religion is supposed to be the guide to a prosperous life, full of love and happiness. However, the institution of religion is the main reason violence arises. It promotes hatred towards those who are different, or those who believe in something different. The religious leaders take advantage of their power promote hatred, damaging the people within the institution. Religion erases the opportunity for people to question, and they are expected to follow without a questioning. Civil war’s have broken out in the past, and a very dangerous war is still being fought in the Middle East because of the clashes of different religions. Religion have divided people and placed them in different categories with different principles they must follow, no matter if those principles are inhumane. Religion has blinded people and instead of the institution bring people together, it has become unhealthy for those who are in it. Religious leaders contribute to endorsing violence, by exploiting their followers. They areconsidered to be loyal, honest, and close to God. However, a role of competition between different religious leaders has generated extremism (Basedau). The crusades involved a series of holy wars that were preached by religious leaders; the first crusade was launched by Pope Urban II. During this time the Muslims were advancing in Europe and in Jerusalem, the christians in
Europe believed that the islamic message of Mohammed was contradicting what the christians were preaching and they began to worry that the islamic view would one day overpower the views of the Christians. Pope Urban II began to preach that it was not a sin to kill non believers