Trying to understand how any situation came to be is confusing and misleading. Much of one’s own biases can easily shape your rational. I find chapter 38 of the Tao Te Ching very useful in considering the ‘why’, and still avoid much of the bias trap.
The evolution of society and beliefs over time offers an example of this dynamic. First, the relevant excerpt…
Hence, virtue follows loss of the way.
Benevolence follows loss of virtue.
Justice follow loss of benevolence.
Ritual follows loss of justice.
Ways of chaos follow loss of loyalty and a thinning faith in ritual.
Now, to put these relationships in a loosely physical / historical context…
Hence, the pharaoh follows loss of primal tribal security.
Gods follow loss of the pharaoh.
One God follows loss of gods.
Favorite politicians follow loss of One God.
Rock idols and movie stars follow loss of favorite politicians.
Now, to indulge in a bit of ‘foreknowledge’: Interestingly, it is just possible that the modern “miracle” of media and internet (Facebook etc.) may foreshadow (and facilitate) at least a virtual return to a more emotionally tangible way of feeling some aspects of primal tribal security.
Nature abhors a vacuum is another way to put this dynamic. Empty space is ready to fill. Changing circumstance led us to where we are, and will lead us to where we will end up. The most helpful element in this view is that we are not in control of anything really, despite what we think or wish. Hence, ‘taoist’ say, the wise person manages without doing anything.
I know, it is a hard pill to swallow. We so desperately desire to control outcomes. If you can swallow this pill, life will flow much smoother despite the inevitable bumps along the way.
Is this not just another way of saying, “by the grace of God” or “Insha’Allah” (“if God wills”). The deeper we look, the less difference we see, until eventually, we know what is called profound sameness.