These are my small comments and thoughts wrt to the ones shared here
. This is just a mirror of the comments i put in there. Nothing more nothing less.
"When a religion begins to directly assualt social problems as targets, that is probably when it is time to quit that religion"
Religion at every outset tries to answer some painfully seething but logical questions every man tries to find answers for. What is he/she? Whats his/her identity? Why are they here for? How will their existence through the 50-60 years of their own life make any difference to anyone?
I guess trying to tell a full grown human that he was born of a broken condom might not be the best way to placate the individual's ego :)
Its the need for identity, the fear of anonymity and the fear of insignificance are some of the very minor issues every creature with a knowledge of self has to deal with. As true as it can be, it is very clear that an individual has no role to play, he is but a speck of dust in the whole universe.
Its the answers to this identity crisis, that religions try to give a meaning to; to his own ego, that a religion tries to answer.
Hinduism as i understand tries to give an answer to everyone[based on their own individual capabilities] at every level. It tries to provide the required flexibility and also the required rigidity that can provide answers to questions that one poses. Its like the question bank that gives answers based on the questions we ask it
. In this mode of generality, neither crystallinity nor fluidity can be its hallmarks.
Its fairly impossible to understand as how many can understand the basic philosophical premise that all they do might amount to nothing. They are as insignificant as any speck of dust can be. As tough it can be, it should also try to mask it with a belief of existence, of their own individual importance; of self-realisation.
What is the need for man to grow? Whats the need for spirituality, whats the need for a man to say he belongs to creatures of one kind, based on color, or geography or some belief systems? The sense of belonging is innate to every individual and hence the grouping based on the thought process[belief systems, i mean] might be biggest umbrella under which the most number of people can fit in, in a given scenario on earth. Any other system definitely becomes a subset of this [sex, geography, skin color]. The biggest superset is that of belonging to human race, and the bigger to that is that of all living systems. But i guess the religious system of Hinduism includes each and every being as an extension of an individual where the border between and individual and the environment they inhabit diminishes as he begins to probe deeper as per his own knowledge and understanding.
Also hinduism also tries to answer this by giving the man his individual place under the sun; to deal with his own life.
Im sure i havent told atleast one thing that relates to your post; and so am eagerly waiting for the philosopher's stone you are speaking about.