These two excellent photos from Reuters show clearly terrible contradictions in our human world.
The top one shows a soldier guarding the bodies of 31 people collected during the previous night in Baghdad. Some of the victims had been tortured before they were killed. It is a scene of horror, a testament to what humans are capable of.
The bottom one shows a woman atop a globe. She is an Australian dancer taking part in a festival in Mumbai. The scene is one of happiness and beauty, a wonderful demonstration of artistic creativity and gracefulness. It is also a testament to what humans are capable of.
But I see another dimension to the bottom photograph. It suggests to me the existence of the strong urge within humans to escape this mortal existence, to rise above the earth with its violence and suffering and hurt and the fear of growing old and dying; to escape.
That urge surely is what led to the invention of religion.