Comment: well, things are a cycle in world history of episodes like this

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well, things are a cycle in world history of episodes like this

and that is where the Canut story plays out. People in general have known that their leaders are not literal gods for millenia, but you have periods where tyranny clamps down and people or either killed or born to be brainwashed and then that population will believe it.

Point is, I don't look to religion to solve the issue. Personal faith solves the issue for quite a few people and that's great for them. But I certainly will not subscribe to anyone trying to imply that we all need faith in a god to prevent tyranny. That simply is not the prescription in my book, at least not a blanket prescription to follow.