Archive for March, 2008

Religion ‘linked to happy life’

Posted in Uncategorized on March 18, 2008 by justextreme

I found this article on the BBC News website and figured I should present my opinion on it for some reason. Quotes from the article are in bold followed by my response to them underneath.


A belief in God could lead to a more contented life, research suggests.

Hang on… I thought it said Religion was possibly linked to a happy life in the title, nothing about god. This starts the article off on a very bad note as it makes it seem as if the writer has jumped to the conclusion that religion is belief in god or a god when there are many religions that involve no god or gods at all.

Religious people are better able to cope with shocks such as losing a job or divorce, claims the study presented to a Royal Economic Society conference.

Thats probably right in a lot of cases, but similar, greater, affects can be achieved by practicing belief in yourself. Why kid yourself into believing you have an invisible father figure that you must love and fear and regulate yourself by? Practice self-belief and self-control, don’t be an nutcase.

Data from thousands of Europeans revealed higher levels of “life satisfaction” in believers.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be happy genuinely and because of succeeding in things in my life than because of belief in an uncertain, and likely fabricated, entity.

Professor Clark said: “We originally started the research to work out why some European countries had more generous unemployment benefits than others, but our analysis suggested that religious people suffered less psychological harm from unemployment than the non-religious. “They had higher levels of life satisfaction”.

Thats because they kid themselves along that a false being is there for them to fall back on, if they believed in themselves instead then the same result could be achieved.

“What we found was that religious people were experiencing current day rewards, rather than storing them up for the future.”

Fuck that, false current day rewards that mean absolutely nothing more like. Believing in yourself reaps much better rewards than god or any imaginary friend could ever offer you.

However, he said that the nature of the surveys used meant that undetected factors, perhaps in the lifestyle or upbringing of religious people, such as stable family life and relationships, could be the cause of this increased satisfaction. He said that the benefit might stem from the increased “purpose of life” felt by believers.

Make your own purpose in life. Don’t follow a false one, aka don’t be a tard!

He said: “These findings are consistent with other studies which suggest that religion does have a positive effect, although there are other views which say that religion can lead to self-doubt, and failure, and thereby have a negative effect.

Religion can be whatever you want it to be, its just a another word for a priviledged opinion that you can’t insult without being called discriminant.