Luis Hamburgh wrote in "The Mob Rules; Sing it Ronnie!":
"...Intellectual discovery can adapt to emotion, so long as emotion allows intellectual discovery to continue. But rather than adapt, emotional reactions often work to suppress intellectual discovery.
On the one hand we have a vast accumulation of knowledge, and on the other hand we see the inevitability of death, and realize that we cannot see beyond death.
Given that we all "grow up" during the most emotional times of our lives, we should not be surprised at the stagnating power the collective emotion holds over the collective intellect.
Becoming "adults" at the tail end of the emotional rollercoaster of adolescence, I think, causes many people to associate the impulse of strong emotions with achieving ultimate maturity. Emotion is quite a valid and necessary function, but when it isn't examined any deeper than the initial impulses it causes, there is a danger that a person will permanently hold an unhealthy association between impulse and objectivity.
The last big step, that final platform of (intellectual and emotional) growth – into "adulthood" comes too soon, in accordance with societal demands, IMO.
>>>"what shall we do in the meantime, while we're not 'ready for these issues?"
I don't have a problem with religious people, so long as they don't try to suppress intellectual discovery. I agree with you that many people need religion, but I disagree that it's an issue "we" must all work on together.
The notion that the "we" overrides the "me" is dangerous. Live and let live."
Response (for friends and would-be friends):
Those ideas are worth developing into a whole branch of evolutionary psychology.
Watch out for some to use them for evil purposes.
The Nazis, in one of the trial-and-error experiences of humanity, attempted to make many youths into pawns who would be willing to die for the state because they had been indoctrinated from a young age with lies that implied they were greatly loved by the state. Our United States plays that tune much more lightly, I think... in effect, tries to tell the truth that it the greater love is from the individual and that they will be doing this for honest folks who appreciate the sacrifice and who would do the same if their lot were honestly drawn.
There are folks that play big leagues hard ball with this area of psychology from time to time...and those who don't like it must design a strong patch to block it as well as to create
the world as they would have it in our time.