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What set of ideas has (negatively) affected humanity the most?

Asked by _bob (2485points) May 14th, 2009

Capitalism, communism, Catholicism, Islam, religion in general, racism, etc., etc. Which one would you say has been the worst, and why?

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YARNLADY's avatar

Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.

The worst? Absence of love and empathy.

rooeytoo's avatar

1. Religions that say my god is the only true god and I think they all say that.

2. Males are stronger and smarter and should be in charge.

noelasun's avatar

Supremacy. In general. About anything. I’m not talking about holding true to your beliefs or whatnot-
But if we could all just get over ourselves, I’m pretty certain the world would be a better place.

oratio's avatar

@rooeytoo Maybe the religions who say that actually speak about the same god =) Then they would all be true, wouldn’t they? Assuming there is a god

War. It’s the worst idea humanity has ever come up with.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Ok a broader level, I think the concept of property and possession is self defeating.

ubersiren's avatar

Organized religion, government, slavery, and super models.

arnbev959's avatar

Everything was cool before the agricultural revolution. It went downhill from there.

Ivan's avatar

The fear of change.

btko's avatar

Good question, but I think YarnLady has it right.

It’s not the ideologies themselves that are the problem, it’s us humans implementing them that cause problems.

And I don’t think racism is an “idea” it’s a symptom of prejudice ideals and thought.

Vinifera7's avatar

Notions of entitlement are biologically instinctive, yet aren’t in all cases negative. It’s a double-edged sword, but because it is instinctive, it affects everyone negatively to some degree.

DarkScribe's avatar

The concept that there is a deity and that s/he has appointed people to be earthly representatives. All Churches have a long history of corruption, greed, despotism. There is nothing wrong with the teachings of Christ, there is everything wrong with those who claim to control how we regard those teachings. Throughout history the Church has attracted ambitious men, not pious men.

RedPowerLady's avatar

Let me add Patriarchy to the mix. But I agree, Supremacy is probably the top notch.

spresto's avatar

The realization that we exist as a whole really has done more damage than good. We fight, we bicker, we pollute, and we deliberately look for things to argue about, if we were just like all the other animals on earth (unaware) the world and we would be better off.

mattbrowne's avatar

Materialism, totalitarianism, ignorance, greed, lack of empathy.

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fireside's avatar

Ego, Pride, Backbiting, Dishonesty, Divisiveness

mattbrowne's avatar

I’d like to add: lack of critical thinking.

(an example would be a generalization of organized religion)

pikipupiba's avatar

The worst idea ever? Lying. (however useful)

Mr_Callahan's avatar

None. Its all instinctive.

lady4life's avatar

Separation of people..intolerance..impatience..truth becoming fantasy

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