I think we can look at the highly intelligent, highly resilient, highly resourceful nation of israel as an example of democracy and exceptionalism gone haywire based on one belief, that being, the superiority/ supremacy of their existence based on an imaginative proclamation of a god with a personality which, uncoincidentally, acts just like them. The horse before the carrot sort of thing.
Israel, of course, is not alone. Many of the current world powers and many of all nation states, whether tribal societies or sophisticated, technologically advanced, like Dubai, have demonstrated the same tendency, basing their superiority on messages from some god who happens to mirror that particular people cultural, religious atrocities.
As we know, if anyone of us started using god as a reason for doing whatever we want, it would be short-lived and disastrous and declared mentally insane.
Any fool who espouses such theory needs authoritarian power, that is, power entrenched in institutions of tradition, religion, and popular belief in magical thinking.
None of us have that.
Our particular system is based on guilt/More on that later.
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