Parable, what if general consensus disagrees with your a priori assumption that supernature contains powerful entities concerned about things here on earth, and will continue to disagree more and more with each passing century? If so, isn’t your point moot?
Would you at least agree with me in saying that empathy, admittedly a general concept, contains great potential for helping disparate people to get along together? As I see things, theistic religions are gradually falling away from humanity as a device to assist people in getting along with each other. Universal rules derivable from religions may have assisted humanity in past centuries. But the illusion of powerful and caring supernatural entities probably won’t last forever. What can substitute for God in connecting disparate peoples? If we are not eventually able to answer that question, civilization may not be durable enough to stay together. The centre cannot hold indefinitely. (My apologies for mangling Yeats.)
Correct me if my assessment so far is mistaken. For instance, if you see new churches being built in your community rather than old ones being converted into condos, please tell us about this trend.
Empathy is something that can be taught to children at home and/or in school, but empathy therapy in our schools is even more rare than armed police officers patrolling the hallways. The lack of empathy instruction will continue for as long as religion-inspired leaders enforce their ancient taboos and biases.