I can barely keep up with this thread.
I hope if nothing else you realize how enormously privileged you are and that there things in this world far, far beyond your limited experience.I have for as long as I can remember.
I have always thanked my parents for allowing myself and my sister to live so comfortably, and when the time comes I will do everything I can to take care of them so that they can live comfortably too.
Wow. You just completely demonstrated my point. Bravo.
It's not about you
. It is about other people
in completely different parts of the world (or maybe even just completely different parts of our society) who have to live their life in ways you probably can just barely begin to imagine.
There are people dying out there. They don't have time to insist that everyone only lives to better themselvesNumber 1: Yeshua noted that the poor are far more likely to be granted the privilege of going to Heaven than those who are not poor.
Try to imagine going up to some impoverished third-world person dying of some disease you've never heard of and living in desperate fear of assorted varieties of violence and tell them that they should be glad because they're going to Heaven.
Number 2: I don't recall saying that the meaning of life is to better oneself.
No, what you said was "I do not respect people who live only to keep themselves alive personally and have no care nor compassion for other people, and believe that that is justifiable because they insist that everyone only lives to better themselves." Then you suggested that "cartoon villains" could possibly meet that description. As if no one else could possibly justify trying to keep themselves alive personally with no care or compassion for other people.
Now, as to the matter at hand... In the event of an apocalypse or larger societal breakdown, I very much agree that no one is going to turn to "science"
. They are going to turn to whoever can offer them security, and will happily submit themselves to whatever false (or not so false) promises will keep them in food, clothing, and shelter. Maybe someone will try to wave a big banner saying "SCIENCE!" and try to rally the people beneath him, but that's hardly the same thing.
I can't even imagine a scenario in which science would be useful in that regard. Someone with a degree in civil engineering or agriculture or something would fare far better.