It is human nature to be curious. We are so curious that if we cannot find an answer to sate our curiousity we will make one up. Thus, the beginning of our myths and religions as answers to those questions we were not equipped to find answers.
We will never be able to give any kind of reason or reasoning to the essence. It is way too unknown.
We are also a societal species that forms "packs" and forms them larger and larger into civilizations as we are able. Once we get passed the small tribe level of packs there needs to be a stronger reason to follow the rules that allow the "pack" to continue to grow.
We are smart and able.
Okay, but as fully formed human beings, and having obtained `human-being`status, we must also see that we co-exist with other species. What is the point of having the awareness if we can`t use it.
Being intelligent creatures with religions created to answer our larger questions, we turned to those religions to help with the laws we needed everyone to follow.
You are assuming we need religion. Obviously one religion pits oneself against another. As soon as you declare yourself as belonging to one, you have set yourself apart from the other.
If a diety or group of dieties proclaimed a law there was much more weight palced behind it than any other law. since there were also religious answers to what happened after we died, which also gave hope that there was a better reward than the normal daily existence.
Yeah but, the normal daily existance IS IT`.
the punishment for violation could be extended beyond the lifespan of the individual. Thus, we begin to codify the "good" and "bad" of the society rather than the individual where anything that helped the individual was good and harmed them was bad. Now the individual could be harmed and it was "good" or benefitied and it was "bad" based on the impact on the society.
Yes and yup. This makes sense, but there is no reason for punishment. We made it up.