"As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?" - Stephen King "The Mist"
It would be a good way to channel students' focus when talking about different civilizations or eras. It breaks a huge idea down to six different topics, with varying complexities. It could be altered a little to be more applicable.
But everyone thinks religion, politics (pretty much another religion) and wealth are needed. Getting rid of all of these things means accepting personal accountability and responsibility and nobody wants to put in that kind of effort for themselves o