When you have a created religion, you get to take the moral high road. You get to decide how to incorporate the morality of the day into your practice. You get to pretend that morality is a universal spiritual constant and anyone who hasn’t been doing that way is less spiritually evolved.
If you follow a historically based religion, it’s not so easy. There are thousands of skeletons stored in those closets.
I recently watched a documentary about North Korea. My naive, sheltered self was a little shocked to realize that places like that still exist in the world. At one point, they said that Kim Jong-un was compared to the sun. Get too close and you burn. Get too far away and you freeze to death. Now, where have I heard that before? Aw, crap.
You might argue that it wasn’t that bad in old Kemet, but out of hundreds of kings, it probably was that bad at certain points, if not worse. It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that the inscriptions on the temples are propaganda. Also, times have changed. A “good” king, as measured by the morality of the day, would probably look like a tyrant measured by today’s standards. (To be fair, they did face greater threats from famine and war than what we enjoy today.)
I could talk about slavery, but what’s the point there? My own country allowed slavery until very recently, by historical standards. Kemetic slaves might have been treated better, or they might not have. Again, with so many years behind it, you really can’t determine what the standard was, or how often people deviated from the standard.
I can talk about the lower classes remaining illiterate, and how illiteracy would doom them to having no idea how to navigate a dangerous and terrifying afterlife. Dante’s Inferno sickened me. Dante’s descriptions weren’t all that far off from what you’d see in ancient Egyptian texts. Apparently, all you’d need to do in order to land in one of the nets of the fishers of souls was to simply be poor and not know how to escape.
As a Kemetic, I really can’t take the moral high road, unless I build that road myself. We really don’t want a repeat of the old times. We need to let the bad stuff rot in its grave and only bring the good stuff into our modern practices. We must redefine Ma’at for our times and build on that instead.