It is impossible to say whether or not this truly is the oldest profession. Another profession competes with it for the status of longest duration. It is a criminal profession that has yet to be rendered illegal. There may not be a need for official legislation in order to curb this criminal racket because once people are aware of it, they can no longer fall victim to it. Outlawing the practice may be as ineffective as outlawing erotic services.
The racket operates on a simple ignorance of the nature of human experience. It tricks people into thinking that experience does not depend on physical mechanisms. It deceives people into a false concept of human experience extending past the demise of the body. This deception is used to get people to act against their own interests and to commit horribly brutal acts against others. It is perpetuated by a parasitic criminal class who live in luxury from the fruits of the labor of others. Rather than see this luxury as evidence of corruption many people are mesmerized by it. Palatial estates seduce the gullible into a sense of awe.
Throughout history key figures have come forward to denounce this criminal conduct. After nailing the opponent to a tree or burning them at a stake, the crooks pretend to be faithful to the guy they destroyed. The con men invent deceptive legends about their victims and use those as a way to continue deceiving the public.
One of the most detrimental aspects of this racket is that it deceives people into not living as full a life as they could. People are stunted in their personal development for fear of a fraudulent postmortem experience. It is an insidious form of terrorism that destroys families and crushes the human spirit. It creates a level of suffering unmatched by any other criminal activity.
Do you know anyone who suffers as a result of this racket? What do you see as the best way to address this scourge on humanity?