Religion is another pet irritant. Each religion or at least most think they are the only religious group that is the way to eternal life. Does eternal anything exist. I think not. Most Major religions are all spin offs of the same religion. They hate each other and in doing so go against the text in their religious book or guide. Religion is now in fact a terrorist group in and of itself. Hatred more Satanist than any one intended. The love of Gold ,Land and no respect for the flora, fauna and other creatures of many forms animals birds fish insects bacteria all part of our planet. We now use guns to stalk and kill the last creatures of many species for fun/sport. If we are ever really invaded by aliens from another planet we must hope they are more humane than we are. We pay thousands to kill the last black female rino and the last Elephant. We pay to kill animals that are fenced in often tied to a stake. So pathetic we respect nothing alive or dead.
What can I answer?
Everything you say is true. It is overwhelming; we risk despair.
At the same time... We do see love in the world. We do see acts of goodness, of selflessness. The world limps on.
Personally, I know that sometimes I must force myself to ignore the vileness that fills the media -- hey! bad news sells and good news does not! I must force myself to look around me, and see how most people actually live: being good to each other. Mostly.
Does eternal anything exist.
I don't know. I have never had a moment of epiphany... and would mistrust it if I did. Self-hypnosis is so-o-o easy! I don't think it matters. The "good message" is "love one another". God is not needed. If He is a useful crutch, I'm sure He is happy to serve, but if I still doubt His existence on my deathbed, I know He will not hold it against me.
We have to keep on trying, all of us...