IĖve been thinking: what if I was a king on an island with a population of, letĖs say, hundred people. Would I ÏallowÓ religion in my kingdom?
LetĖs see. I imagen having five highly intelligent advisors (my cabinet), twenty educated individuals (doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc), and the rest, well, the rest is the rest (farmers, soldiers, etc.). Now, about 10 miles from us there is an island with roughly the same population as our (my :wink: !) island. And they have yummier bananas than we do. Would a half of my kingdom be willing to die for yummier bananas? Maybe. But letĖs say that the women on my island are even in worse shape than the bananas. And I happen to know that our neighbouring islandĖs chiefĖs daughter is Venus herself. IĖll obviously need the help of the Ïrest of my populationÓ. But why should they care about my amorous desires? They might want to die for the yummier bananas, but they certainly wonĖt jeopardize their lives for their kingĖs date. And this is where I might have to introduce religion. ÏOur god vs. their godÓ, Ïwe are the chosen onesÓ, bla, bla, bla. We go to war, we win, I get my princess. And there are thousands of other examples I could think of, where religion would seem of an enormous interest to me, and to my kingdom.
If you were a king (queen) on an island, would religion form a part of your society?