If You Live A Peaceful Life It Is Purely By Chance
Much of humanity has lived in horrible violent invariably superstitious societies for most of history.Very few people anywhere have lived even a whole generation without some sort of war,strife or conflict either internally or externally generated. One cannot count on so called intellectuals to provide any direction because they will follow and rationalise any political or religious system no matter how ridiculous . From angels floating around and people talking to them to dialectical materialism to tearing the beating heart out of prisoners Aztec style intellectuals were and are ready to expound the fashionable theory of the day as to why this is imperative. Of course the intellectuals of those times and places are as intelligent as our intellectuals today and if they were interchanged they would be indistinguishible. People who live in democracies can count themselves lucky that things went that way because the people who devised that system of governance could have as easily gone another way as what happened in other societies. The fact that you live in a democracy is purely a chance event if one believes that all peoples are equally intelligent.