I’m reading Terry Pratchett’s “NATION” right now (hey I did warn you I rarely talk about new stuff). While this is a fun little book full of fantastic realizations that I can really recommend it has one part that makes me want to talk about it here. After the destruction of his homeland the main character begins to question the gods and wonders why people are still so desperate to believe in them. And the answer is one of the best one’s I saw expressed in so few words:
“That’s what the gods are! The answer that will do! Because there’s food to be caught and babies to be born and and a life to be lived and so there is no time for, complicated and worrying answers! Please give us a simple answer, so that we don’t have to think, because if we think we might find answers that don’t fit the way we want the world to be.”
This does not cover the species of fundamentalist hardcore believers (of any religion, yes I’m insulting you all equally here. I’m nice like that.) who are a whole different can of batshit crazy. But it does describe the average person bowing their head to god, not caring about the details but not wanting to live in a more complicated world. So if you are asking why people believe in a way this explanation is in itself the answer that will do.