There's a line in an old Smiths' song in which Morrissey saysOn Own Now wrote: ↑05 Mar 2019, 11:12In Atheism and Theism, alike, it is easy to find people who live by strong sense of obligation to do good and to avoid doing wrong. It is, unfortunately, also easy to find people in both groups who don't. So, from that standpoint, I don't believe that Atheists are any more susceptible to anarchy than any other group.
That said, I do think there is a valid argument for the what SamBee has said...If we were all altruistic and bound by our inner drive to act ethically, I don't think there would be so much need for laws and law enforcement.
I really think this is the case. You might want peace, I might want peace, but that doesn't mean the person two doors down does. She might enjoy creating chaos and drama. The man across the street may secretly dream of power and asserting it over others.And if you think peace is the common goal,/it goes to show how little you know
There are people out there who do want your things, do want to fight and do want to do other things. And they're not a tiny minority - listen to the abuse some people shout at each other at sports games from the bleachers. Unfortunately we're not all altruistic. In fact I would go so far as to say as the people who try to be, don't manage it a fair percentage of the time.
Religion goes wrong when it becomes a mob, but it's right when it encourages kindness to other people.
Most people are a mixture of good and bad urges. I think nature and nurture both play a part.