The photographs shows a scene that is replicated all over the world each Sunday.
It shows a sombre gathering of people who believe in a God, a gathering held in a beautiful building, one owned by a very wealthy and powerful religious institution. There is much pomp and ceremony and symbolism used during this religious ritual.
People wear elaborate robes depending on their status and sometimes talk in Latin and there is organ music and choirs and gold religious objects shine and people eat wafers and drink grape juice believing it to be the flesh and blood of a man who died two thousand years ago, a man who they are told will accord eternal life to them if they believe strongly enough and they give enough financial support to the religious institution to assist it in its endeavours...
This institution is in serious competition with many other powerful religious institutions who represent very different Gods and who have a whole series of very different promises and have different rituals but which have the same objective: to exert as much control as possible over the minds and lives of their adherents, their flock, so that their great power and wealth will continue and even increase. Wars have been fought between these religious institutions for centuries. They still are.
How different would human history be if religious belief had remained something that was simple and humble, something that was only practiced in the homes of individual believers as it once was a couple of millenia ago? What kind of world would we live in today if these religious institutions (that in some ways resemble huge, predatory multi-national companies) hadn't been formed by opportunistic, manipulative, exploitative men who saw clearly how gullible and superstitious humans were?
Should religious institutions and empires be broken up and faith returned to individuals who feel a need for it? Would the world become a better place?