Religion is a Social phenomenon that unites like people and builds a community atmosphere. Not as much today as it had been, but in history religion has also been what separated different nations and held individual nations together. From a young age you are conditioned through religion (and other influences) on how you should act, and the difference between right and wrong, i.e. your conscience. This is not to say that without religion that you would not develop your own set of morals, which is what you meant when you mentioned talking to yourself in the absence of society. Those of us who aren't religious acquire get these morals and our conscience from other sources. However, by getting our morals from other sources is that disrespecting the teachings of god? Are we saying that we can find our own way without his guidance? I believe that religion and God are a useful tool to unite people and give them hope. People know that no matter what they are going through they can always pray to god, and rely on the fellow members of their faith for support. That is the power of religion. My problem with religion are those who both take the literal word of the religious teachings, and those who use religion as a ploy to get both wealth and power. During the times of the Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church was the most powerful entity in the world, and because of that felt that it could do anything. This lead to vast corruption and a misuse of the original intent of the religion. Personally I am not the slightest bit religious, but I can see how religion has found a place in many people's lives.