That may well be, but when you are sixteen years old
, and beginning to question everything
your parents and teachers have ever told you, revelations
such as these are a big damn thing in your eyes. Right now you won't care if some dead philosopher
has already come to these conclusions
, all that matters is that you're thinking for yourself
When you grow up a bit more
, it is very likely that you'll want to (or at least attempt to) read some of the writings from these philosophers, but statements such as these are really irrelevant.
I remember the first time I met someone who was *gasp shock horror* - an Unbeliever
such as myself. I know the feeling of 'wow, someone's already thought of this before', but it doesnt mean that your views or 'radical ideas' are any less valid.
Who cares if these ideas of religion
as a mechanism of social control
have already occured to others? At least you're thinking