Date registered: Sep 2007
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point well taken, along with your previous post, but in my experience, those whom I met who happen to be happiest turned out to be freethinkers - no attachment to any particular religion, but very much in touch with themselves.
Regarding recovering alcoholics or drug abusers citing Jesus or any other religious figure as their inspiration and salvation with tear-streaked cheeks: they tend to make me blush with embarrassment. In the end, they will fail since their support is some external entity that they have concocted up in their substance-induced stupor. They have not confronted their inner demons but have found some convenient contraption in the figure of Jesus, e.g., to make them stand - say, like a cane or a clutch that can be easily misplaced and forgotten. And once forgotten, they're back crawling again.
Well all I can say is that you are correct if they only rely upon the externality of a religious being. The only issue is that all of the major religions of the world preach an internalization of responsibility. You are to do what is right because it is right, not because of what God or your friends think it is.
All of that being said, if they get sober because of religion and fall off the wagon then get back on, and head in a cycle, that in and of itself is progress and also good.
I think that we have successfully shown though, that religion is most definitely not futile just on the most base, practical sense.
Who's John Galt.
"Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes" - Virgil, The Aeneid, Book 2
If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel. --Benjamin Netayahu