What Kind of Drug is Religion?

What Kind of Drug is Religion? September 19, 2014

Religion opiate or amphetamine

Karl Marx famously observed that religion was the opiate of the masses, meaning that it provided an escape from the harsh realities of life. This may well be true, but looking at the conflicts arising in the Middle East these days, I’m inclined to observe that religion is the amphetamine of the masses.

The quote comes from Tobias Haller’s blog post, “The Speed of God: Mainline Religion.”

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  • arcseconds

    Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people

    The full quote expresses much more sympathy towards religion than the opium bit.