I just learned something new. Did you know that Ashkenazim, while at once being used to refer to most of the remaining world Jewish population, is also a variation on the Hebrew word for 'one of Noah’s grandsons'.(from modern Hebrew, from Ashkenaz, son of Japheth, one of the sons of Noah (Gen. 10:3).) Like the word Semite refers to descendants of Shem, S(h)emite- from Shem 'one of Noah's sons'.
I wonder, once we have established that the bible is basically bullshit, where does that leave these groups of people that have based their entire history, the very source of their ancestry, on the belief that the book was, and is, an actual valid historical account? Do you think it might spell the beginning of the end for words like racism..nationalism ..war etc.?
It was the same with the emperor of Japan, who was believed to be a god in the form of man. Those "beliefs" combined with Zen Buddhism, had all the ingredients for an extremely brutal death cult, where beheadings were common place. But as soon as the mystique surrounding the emperor fell, the entire system of control fell apart. With long-lasting negative side effects to the overall Japanese population, naturally.
It seems to me, that it (war, racism, patriotism, nationalism RELIGION etc) is all based on silly beliefs about omnipotent beings and divine commandants. It has influenced and inspired division, wars, and torture, TO THIS VERY DAY ,all to enforce the power an imaginary being can hold over nations. We don't need any of it anymore. It might have somehow gotten us to this so called "evolved" state where we kill much more efficiently, and often in the guise of the devout. But from what I can tell, it is a recipe for extinction..and we have been baking this dish for a while now.