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Understood, though there is also some value in what Durkheim says. He observed in society a nearly universal tendency of people to impose moral sanction by external means, by laws and religious institutions and all forms of social hierarchy. He saw the failure of this construct at a time when Europe was facing great tests of faith due to
the discoveries of science. This led him to propose that religious forms/constructs are the disguised deification of the social order itself. God, he felt, was society worshipping itself. I see many Buddhists who create systems of belief and ideals around the institution, "masters", texts, schools, and so on, accepting an external authority for what is and can only be answered for oneself. Thus they lose suppleness and the ability to be diligent in working toward their own salvation, preferring to trade one form of delusion for another, one trick or condition for another. I do not believe buddha intended this to be so.

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