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28-01-2014, 06:56 PM
Shocked Poor countries have an advantage: religion!
So, a friend posted this on FaceBook earlier today:

Residents of poor countries have a great advantage: religion

It basically says that poor countries have more adversity, so people there are more religious, and this lets them find more meaning in life than rich countries. So, when it "really counts", they have an advantage. It totally outweighs all the poverty, starvation, poor sanitation, disease, lack of social mobility, and high infant mortality.

Of course, never mind the fact that religion negatively correlates to education, and poor countries don't do so well in the education department. That's probably a coincidence. Also, never mind that picking out one intangible attribute out from a bunch of really crappy tangible ones and calling it an advantage is super offensive.

Wow.
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28-01-2014, 07:41 PM
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the lower the education, the higher the belief, makes perfect sense actually Smartass

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28-01-2014, 07:46 PM
RE: Poor countries have an advantage: religion!
If someone gave me £1, 000, 000 I'd happily live a 'meaningless' existence! ... Poverty = meaning. That would be funny if it wasn't so depressing!

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28-01-2014, 08:00 PM
RE: Poor countries have an advantage: religion!
I've heard that money actually correlates pretty strongly to happiness, up until you hit around $50K a year. I'm not sure how that factors in standards of living, and what-not, but it makes sense. Being able to meet your basic needs is a pretty solid prereq to actually being happy.
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28-01-2014, 08:05 PM
RE: Poor countries have an advantage: religion!
(28-01-2014 08:00 PM)RobbyPants Wrote:  I've heard that money actually correlates pretty strongly to happiness, up until you hit around $50K a year. I'm not sure how that factors in standards of living, and what-not, but it makes sense. Being able to meet your basic needs is a pretty solid prereq to actually being happy.

I've heard something similar, however, in the spirit of research for the good of humanity, I selflessly volunteer for a test. If anyone would like to give me more than 50k this year, I'll tell you in 12 months if it's trueThumbsup

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29-01-2014, 03:45 AM (This post was last modified: 29-01-2014 12:37 PM by IndianAtheist.)
RE: Poor countries have an advantage: religion!
(28-01-2014 06:56 PM)RobbyPants Wrote:  It basically says that poor countries have more adversity, so people there are more religious, and this lets them find more meaning in life than rich countries. So, when it "really counts", they have an advantage. It totally outweighs all the poverty, starvation, poor sanitation, disease, lack of social mobility, and high infant mortality.
It actually comes to show how religion preys on humans when they are the most vulnerable... its disgusting.

It cannot face the liberal,educated and independent population so instead it preys on the weak who don't know any better.

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29-01-2014, 03:54 AM
RE: Poor countries have an advantage: religion!
Where is the advantage? He says that religious people are happier?
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29-01-2014, 04:14 AM
RE: Poor countries have an advantage: religion!
Look at the Bible Belt in the US and check stats on income and education.

Marx said, "religion is the opiate of the masses." He wasn't kidding! Think social control.

Christianity's primary focus was and continues to be the chronically poor and ignorant. What a conundrum for the condition of the poor and ignorant: "the eye of the needle" justifies the condition and gives it status; "the poor will always be with us" justifies the state of the poor and ignorant, and "give to the poor" insures perpetuation.

Religion has the advantage of nourishing the state of poor.

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29-01-2014, 07:10 AM
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You have to hand it to the Catholic Church. They tapped into a massive market. The poor. With a promise of salvation and that poverty would fast track you into heaven etc..... was a master stroke.

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29-01-2014, 07:16 AM
RE: Poor countries have an advantage: religion!
(28-01-2014 08:00 PM)RobbyPants Wrote:  I've heard that money actually correlates pretty strongly to happiness, up until you hit around $50K a year. I'm not sure how that factors in standards of living, and what-not, but it makes sense. Being able to meet your basic needs is a pretty solid prereq to actually being happy.

Yes, but your basic needs are relative.

In my youth I spent years bumming around Europe - south in the winter, north in the summer - homeless and the only cash I had came from buying handicrafts in the summer and taking them to sell in other countries in the winter. I owned a change of clothes, a sleeping bag and a tooth brush. I often had no idea where the next meal would come from. I had a wonderful time. I enjoyed everything to the max.

Fast forward to middle age - I spent years jetting from conference to conference holding speeches. As frequent traveler, I got first class tickets, sponsors put me up in 5 star hotels, took me to 5 star restaurants and the whole shebang. Total contrast to my poverty stricken youth. Was I happy? Yes, of course I was. I enjoyed everything to the max.

Now I am retired and on a fixed income. No more 5 star hotels, no more sleeping under bridges. Neither poor nor rich. Am I happy? Yes, of course I am. A stress free existence.

So, money doesn't have as much to do with it all as attitude. As long as you can stay warm (or cool), healthy and eat sufficiently, it's all in the attitude. There are pleasures to be found in every situation, if you just open up to enjoying them.

The buck stops when you are freezing or overheating, ill without medical care or hungry. Beyond that, money doesn't much matter.

God definitely has nothing to do with it, I was atheist through all of that. Tongue

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