The religion provides a center of being.<quoted text>
.. exactly ..
.. for me, there's absolutely nothing we have total control over therefore we are powerless ..
.. a well fed antelope may run fast, be clever and have all the basic instincts to survive but a lion lurks on the Savanna's horizon ..
.. life is difficult, that's a fact. Humans must take responsibility but, like the antelope, they cannot direct the outcome ..
.. instead of encouraging people to find their center of being, religion provides humans with a nice, tidy solution underscored by dogma ..
.. the vigilant antelope knows better ..
You have an active and a passive vigilance. You can pace back and forth looking for things focusing all of your senses in the direction you look, or you sit there in some sort of peace and be alerted by changes in the background. You burn up energy in the first, and you maintain a reserve in the second. In the first your attention is like shining a flashlight beam in the dark, an active scanning where you cover a small portion and miss others during a period of time, and if you suspect something, you focus even more intently, thus taking your attention even further away from the rest of the landscape. The second just lets your natural senses alert you, which also gives you more time to think and reflect. The difference between running scared in the belief it will extend your life, and just reacting with some measure to what occurs. Religion gives you that sense of fate where you can relax and react better and not burn out so fast. This is also the difference between prey and predator.