For the longest time I thought it was due mostly to thought-silencers, concepts like faith, reinforced by words like infidel and the like. Today however, I realize the true cause. It's human inertia. For some reason I can not fathom, if a human believes in something it takes a force great enough to stop that belief. And some peoples beliefs are moving so fast that forces of reason can't even budge them. Without religions we would just have something else to fill their place because of the need for people to hold onto their beliefs. I look forward to the day when logic dictates belief rather than belief dictating logic. And now a story: A young monk is wandering through the mountains, secretly being followed by his mentor. The young monk finds a lizard and plays with it, giggling, and ties a rock to the lizards waist with a string. He laughs, and seems to enjoy it, as the lizard writhes in pain to escape. The young monk does not realize that pain the lizard experienced. The next day the older monk ties a large rock to a rope and then to the waist of the young monk. He orders him not to take it off and to do his daily chores. The young monk suffers and is enlightened to the nature of pain and respect for animals. This builds his intuition so even if it's not a lizard next time, but a mouse, he knows that hindering it causes pain. So now the young monk knows pain, and the opposite that comes with it, non-pain, or pleasure. Later the older monk tells the young monk that for infinite pleasure, or happiness, he must worship the Buddha. This is indoctrinated into the boys mind much like the concept of pain was, and hence the boy cannot tell the difference that one thing is logical and the other is not. If someone were to approach this monk and tell him that the Buddha is just a fallacy, and does not give you eternal happiness, then how can you expect him to understand that and not get hostile, even if its only in his own mind, to your ideas? Well it's simple, to beat the mistaken belief you must move it with a greater force than it has on it already, and that's a very hard task. How do we know the Buddha is not real? There's millions of little logical ways to prove it - one being that in order for it to be true you have to have faith, which is just a fancy word for throwing away logic. And anything that throws away logic is just disarming you to install a belief inside you that cannot be easily shaken. It's a fucking disease the world over, and it's probably inside you right now.