The advent of technology reverses the pressures that lead to leader worship and leader oppression, and therefore eventually these traits should die out. It is however theoretically possible that, with high end technology and ongoing leader worship / submission and dominance, terrible schemes could be worked out which ultimately mean the re-introduction of the pressures that lead to dominant/submissive roles. However that re-introduction makes humanity its own predator, human on human predation would be that new pressure. If that happens the conditions of life would become harsh, and the species might collapse from this. At that point the species concerned would have become a species that fails to realize the potential of technical development, it sinks down into the animal kingdom or develops into some kind of horror scenario.
The worship of catholics to their statues, and of Buddhist and worst Hindu, it can be seen as an animal instinct of submission toward dominant individuals being played out. The act of demanding payment and being fed without working from the side of the priest hood is the animal instinct of dominance being played out. There is nothing "divine" or "holy" or "good" about all this: these are the worst natural animal behaviors that exist, and even these only come into being when predation sufficiently forces it over other necessities of life. All these cults are retarded animalist clubs playing out the simplest domination/submission instincts ! All that leads to hell in the long term. In the short term of course, acting in an acceptable way may be a way to live a day longer for a submissive specimen, which is how the "animal clan" maintains its stability long term.
I know these things may not be "nice" to say to Buddhists, Catholics, Hindu, but it is the truth IMHO and that gives them a chance to break out.
Idolatry may also have to do with the brain parts that recognize faces and body shapes, and that automatically assumes life behind these shapes. That has always been true, until humanity started to make shapes that resembled animals and humans. This is probably the reason for the superstition surrounding these statues.
Still think there is a life in that broken statue ? In the face ? Why not in the envelope ? That is your instincts playing tricks with you. It is just another piece of hardened clay, nothing more, nothing less. Eventually these instincts should wear down as more and more evidence seeps into the basic instincts that not all shapes resembling animals/humans are alive. At that point the superstitious elements of idolatry would presumably collapse.
Note that I have no problem with Buddhists, Catholics or Hindu, and I wish them all the best. It could however be a good thing for them if they gave up their idolatry, and then solve the problems in their countries and stop foiling the democratic protocol, so that it can be used for what it is there fore: make Government serve the People. That statue was mine, it was therefore mine to destroy. I leave the statues of the Hindu and Catholics and Buddhists to be destroyed by the Catholics, Hindu and Buddhists themselves (unless I am invited, of course !).
Here is a good one for you idolaters, it is now: Sun Mar 23 16:00:45 2008, the editing and uploading of this anti-idolatry material is less then 2 hours ago ! Date stamp on ./index: Mar 23 14:12 index.html. What happened, did I get a heart attack ? My money account was erased ? I fell down the stairs ? The dikes in Holland broke ? Did the Buddha took revenge for destroying a statue representing or even being it ? Not quite: my neighbor came down and handed me a de-luxe easter cake. If you pray to your Buddha, does the statue get up and bake some bread for you ? If I break your idolatry statue and publish it, within 2 hours I'm eating free easter cake and didn't even ask for it. Statues have only a negative influence: serve them means you do not solve problems, you do not develop skills, and eventually you end up in misery, sooner or later. Stop serving them: solve problems, develop skills, work, get your Nation set up with good laws so that you have a future ...