I guess I sort of get that. I mean, I really wish there were an afterlife. But I wish I had great legs and a billion dollars too.
I, too, wish for these things.
As for religion, I would wonder if it wasn't based in control before fear. I don't suppose we'll ever know...evolutionary psychology is a somewhat wooly science.
Indeed it is. All I can base my ideas on is what I experience for myself, and how I felt when I was deeply religious. I don't like the prospect of death; it does frighten me. Sometimes, a religion makes me want to give it more credence than I should, and I have to remind myself that wishful thinking does not equal reality, and that the likelihood of that religion being an accurate representation of what lies post death is extraordinarily small.
“I've noticed that about your people, Doctor. You find it easier to understand the death of one than the death of a million. You speak about the objective hardness of the Vulcan heart, yet how little room there seems to be in yours.” - Spock, The Immunity Syndrome
Leonard Nimoy: 1931 - 2015