The main religions, all responses to oppressive empires, reach toward human solidarity. But we have failed to get there. My own tradition, lets call it ephemeral christianity, the humane side of that tradition, say the good Samaritan, is not as generative of carying and appreciation as we need.
Where might such a tradition emerge from? We certainly need it. A tradition which welcomes the stranger and the neighbor because they are humans with amazing stories, people who should be appreciated and cared for when needed.
Here from McIntosh and Tainter As the Wind Blows:
Gutians, and Amorites were displaced into southern Mesopotamia. Weiss and his colleagues postulate that an otherwise undocumented Anatolian volcano could have been responsible for the initial deposit of tephra but did not trigger the change of climate. Rather, this may have been caused by a northward shift in the polar jet and a stronger subtropical jet. Whatever the causal mechanism, the change in climate, it is thought, may have had consequences beyond the north Mesopotamian collapse. It is suspiciously synchronous with other collapses in the Aegean, Egypt, the Levant, and the Indus Valley (Weiss et al. 1993:999–1003; Bell 1971).
These are the kind and size of events people deal with. Should they not be cared for as mucha s possible? Like now?