From 5700-year old Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets, a prophecy has often emerged, based on "liver omens" (soothsaying done by analyzing the shape of a sheep's liver), that expressed a yearning for unity at a time when Babylonia had once again disintegrated into a dozen or more small city-states: "There will come a king of the four corners of the earth."
The Jews have spent 3000 years anticipating a "Messiah," while Christians have passed 2000 years waiting for the return of theirs.
Is there something innate and universal within Humans - a lack of faith in our own abilities, perhaps - that subliminally urges us to seek out a savior?
I believe there is a desire for a savior. This is why Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics and DC are so popular. Batman saves the day. Superman saves the day. Heck - Bruce Willis saves the day (in movies, of course, but maybe in real life too)! The only flaws I see in this desire are to 1) Attribute the desire as evidence for some sort of invisible sky-fairy, and 2) The TV show "Dexter" which makes you root for the bad guy even though he's killing bad guys as a serial killer... fun show but very confusing to morality.
However, even if heroes or saviors is a trait that every single human on the planet desires for, that does not prove the existence of any god(s).
Interesting point about Marvel Comics and the like. I'm no comic aficionado, but not only do most of these super heroes have no 'divine' origin (Except Thor), some come from very humble origins, often human. I think this reflects modern memes/themes on Transhumanism and the Singularity. God Schod, I could be my own god if only I have some 'n' to make me so (where n represents some value of radiation, chemical goo, magic or mutation).
Good point, CA, re the comics - hero = savior.
If I may, I'd like to add one more flaw to your list: 3) Depending on a savior, whether mortal, Kryptonian or supernatural, impedes our own growth as Humans.
I think we can answer that if we look at just how often Lois Lane is saved by Superman. For those who have young kids,, it would be akin to Norman Price on FIreman Sam. Norman (a child of 10-11) always seems to be getting into some sort of trouble. Then the call goes out and Fireman Sam saves him. Both beg the question-- if you know you're going to be saved regardless of what happens, wouldn't you be more prone to taking unnecessary risks..?
To me, it echos the behavior of some (not all) Christians..
Based on my extensive listening of christian music radio
Oh my... really? How can you bring yourself to listen to that tripe?
I've made the same observation growing up in the church.
Kasu - I agree with everything you've said, but let me take it one step further.
The "savior" has yet another advantage over all of the problem people ("relationships, families") in our lives - the "savior" is anthropomorphic, and existing in our minds as he/she does, can be anything our fantasies want him/her to be, as opposed to people in general, who normally come in WYSIWYG packages - "what you see, is what you get."
I've read some things about the idea that Type I errors have evolutionary advantage, in that assuming that rustle to be a predator instead of the wind and being wrong is less damaging than believing the opposite and being wrong. Michael Schermer had some interesting things to say about how that translates into belief in the supernatural.
No! Not in this human at least.
not realy its more of a need for a leader that people can stand with. you see this with other animals there always or atleast a alpha and i think as we developed mentaly these things came withus and we began to explore abstract thought unknowingly and start to reason tho poorly about natural powers beyond they're understanding there for bigger alpha is mad and even in bugs to tribes theres a great worrier of the tribe of a poeple to will save an pretect them an the past few thousand years the ignorent have trun the degree to the max and now we'r seeing the delusion disapating so thats my take however coherent or the lack there of lol forgive :P
but ya i see the poeple starting to see the hero is us we are the last line of defence if somthin needs to happen we needs to make it happen
Actually Michael, I think that may not have been as well-written as you might have liked, but it was certainly very well said.
Maybe when we learn that we're all there is, and stop depending on magic to alleviate our problems, we'll be a little kinder to ourselves and to each other.
lol sorry x3