Glory be to the Father....
Many of you may recognize that as The Glory Be a common prayer of Catholicism.
The first part obviously gives proper homage to the triune God. The second part contains volumes of wisdom even the most hardcore atheist should be able to recognize and acknowledge. I recite this prayer more and more as I age.
I can not find any sources (I want to say it was Jonah Goldberg but can't find any specific articles by him) but it has been said there are no new ideas in the world. That is to say, human nature is well understood and coded into tradition and our religions.
The modern left fights this idea and claims they have new ideas all the time. They never do. They find intrinsic human folly and try to explain it away with so many atoms and molecules.
Human beings have been around for eons and societies and belief systems have had enough time to incorporate the strengths and follies of humanity into a code. The poor will always be among us is one observation that bears mention.
They will. The story of the Garden of Eden (Innagaddadeveeda honey) is first and foremost one of human arrogance. Humans in their suredness of what is right and wrong, what is good & evil make bad judgments. We all make decisions where we know what is right and what is wrong and sometimes we pick what is wrong. Sometimes the wrong decisions are minor and lead to minor pain and setbacks sometimes those decisions lead to disaster (drug use, pre-marital sex etc).
The lesson all religions try to teach their followers is we are flawed and despite all the progress we think we make in terms of scientific understanding we will never obtain the PERFECTION religion puts in front of us (i.e. God). However, most religions don't pretend they can perfect humanity. How can an institution run or interpreted by imperfection create perfection?