Tell me if you think this is a possibility: It came to me in Church today. Could religion be instilled in us through evolution as a way of allowing us to have intelligence and consciousness and not kill ourselves in large amounts? If everybody realized that there was no point to life aside from advancing down the line of evolution, is it not conceivable that a large amount of people would find the relief of suicide more appealing in times of trouble? The idea I had was that religion gives us a purpose and hope of a better life after death, therefore keeping us alive until death comes naturally. Just an idea. Absurd I'm sure.