In prehistory we worshipped the Gods of the mountains, of Nature. We prayed and sacrificed to them.
Then we wrapped our spiritual impulse in religions where ONE God needed to be placated and promoted even in the sacrifice of life in war.
Then we chucked that out and became scientific. We learned to kill as powerfully as any of the old gods. But our God slot is empty. So we fill it with climate science and Medical science and vast corporations so we can feel controlled again. We practice guilt and sacrifice just as we ever did for the good of the whole.
We have replaced our old gods with new. We believe everything will get better if we worship them.