–“I understood it to mean “we invented the concept of God’s as our highest ideals”.—Carl Onni
[Y]ou mean authoritarianism and monopoly rather than as in history, an extended family of various traits relying on various archetypes.
It is very easy to convince people that what they do is good. It is very hard to show them that what they deem good is bad. Principally because their intuitions have been trained by deception and ritual, because there was no means of training them by reason and practice.
No cult survives falsification by science, and no good of cults cannot be produced by training. There are only two religions that are not evil: stoicism and shintoism, with original buddhism simply a pre-scientific attempt (as in philosophy vs science) to produce an insular stoicism; where stoicism sought to produce a civic discipline.