How many man-hours wasted in prayer?
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17-05-2015, 03:14 PM
RE: How many man-hours wasted in prayer?
(17-05-2015 02:53 PM)Shadow Fox Wrote:  Hmm...I don't know, I'll have to think about that.

Come back in seven and a half days and I will have the answer for you.

That would be 180 hours well spent. I await your answer.

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17-05-2015, 04:44 PM
RE: How many man-hours wasted in prayer?
I do my deep contemplating on the shitter. Maybe churchy folk should do their praying on the pot. If nothing else it'll relax their sphincter.
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17-05-2015, 04:58 PM
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(17-05-2015 04:44 PM)Fodder_From_The_Truth Wrote:  I do my deep contemplating on the shitter. Maybe churchy folk should do their praying on the pot. If nothing else it'll relax their sphincter.

It all depends what you mean exactly by prayerBowing and what one is praying for.
To pray to various gods for this that and the other may be viewed as silly and lazy.
As for a more meditational approach, that is to say inwardly projecting well thought out
considerations, that may be helpful.
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17-05-2015, 05:03 PM
RE: How many man-hours wasted in prayer?
There was a Muslim woman who worked with me before and she requested a few times a day to pray. She was told she could only do it on her breaks.

Its certainly a waste of time and effort and when you add it up like you did then its shocking how much of this short, precious life is wasted with these futile actions.
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17-05-2015, 07:25 PM
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(17-05-2015 10:44 AM)TubbyTubby Wrote:  After tidying the garage out, and finishing my other jobs I got sat down with a bottle of Merlot and started to ponder about the billions of folk around the world who will be prostrate or head bowed in prayer on the sabbath.

How many man-hours are wasted each day around the world in futile worship?

Using wiki religious distribution figures and current world population as 7.315 billion and 4 major faiths, we have the scary figures of...

Xtian (31.5%) 2.304 billion people
Muslim (23.2%) 1.70 billion people
Hindu (15.0%) 1.09 billion people
Buddhist (7.1%) 0.519 billion people

I have no idea the average time spent in prayer by your common xtian so I'll have a stab at 30mins/day. Muslims a bit more - perhaps 60mins/day with the 5 prayers plus setup (washing etc) and another 30min to add for the major events like ramadan etc.. so 90min/day total. Hindus and Buddhists I also put down as 30min/day for their prayer/chants. I'm happy to be corrected on these guesses.

So that works out at;

Xtian 1.17 billion man hours
Muslim 2.55 billion man hours
Hindu 0.545 billion man hours
Buddhist 0.259 billion man hours

A grand total of 4.524 billion man hours every single day is spent praying to various gods. That's 9.8 billion man weeks every fucking year (if the Merlot hasn't skewed my calculation). What an almighty fucking waste of effort. What we might achieve if that effort was placed elsewhere? And what sort of ignorant lazy arse bunch of gods are they that they can't be bothered to take time out to just make one single fucking appearance after that amount of adulation?

And for the record, this calculation wasted about 20 man minutes.

I have never considered this before. This is truly frightening.

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17-05-2015, 07:27 PM
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(17-05-2015 04:44 PM)Fodder_From_The_Truth Wrote:  I do my deep contemplating on the shitter. Maybe churchy folk should do their praying on the pot. If nothing else it'll relax their sphincter.

I love it! Multi-tasking.

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17-05-2015, 09:34 PM
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I'm shuddering to think what those numbers would become if you included church, church events, Sunday School, religion classes, and all the other worthless crap they do.

Popcorn I put more thought into fiction than theists put into reality.
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17-05-2015, 09:39 PM
RE: How many man-hours wasted in prayer?
Prayer can increase your circulating beta-endorphins. A drug fix. It's better than meth I suppose. And I dunno. I can think of some "worship" that's well ... never mind. Angel

Insufferable know-it-all.Einstein God has a plan for us. Please stop screwing it up with your prayers.
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17-05-2015, 09:46 PM
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If all the effort went into fixing World Hunger that went into praying no one would be hungry ever again.

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18-05-2015, 12:00 AM (This post was last modified: 18-05-2015 12:05 AM by EvolutionKills.)
RE: How many man-hours wasted in prayer?
(17-05-2015 11:45 AM)dimaniac Wrote:  
(17-05-2015 11:28 AM)onlinebiker Wrote:  We'll achieve far more without prayer than with.
What you achieved is consequence of regulated capitalism. People in USSR and China didn't pray and didn't achieve much


Uh, no you stupid fuck. Facepalm

For starters, both countries went from practical feudalism to being major world super powers in half a century. Both, while nominally being atheist regimes, both allowed (and sometimes promoted) religion. Stalin reinstated the Eastern Orthodox Church in Russia, once they were willing to play ball and back the Soviets instead of the Czars (the church had traditionally supported the Czars and the royalist forces of the White Russians during their civil war in 1917-1923). Mao Zedong saw the establishment and popularization of 'traditional' Chinese remedies and the beliefs attached to them, aimed primarily at appeasing the poor (the rich and powerful received western medicine, much like Americans and Europeans).

The Soviet Union collapsed under the pressure of competing in an economic and military arms race initiated by the West (who first developed and deployed atomic weapons?), and backed by capitalist economies with centuries long head starts. The USSR never actually made it to socialism, but their nascent communism was unable to win the competition with well established capitalism. But in that time they managed to launch the first human satellite, put the first animal and human in space, and fielded a military that scared the rest of the world.

Do not belittle their multitude of achievements with your ignorant bullshit.

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