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Please forgive me my honesty and sincerity. I have no intention of offending. If you think you may not be able to not be offended, don't read below.






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First, what do people get from a religion? This isn't a rhetoric question, I really don't know and very much would like to understand. Never having been religious (I confess I hesitated before writing that, because the concept is completely alien to me) I have no idea what all the fuss is about.

Second, to me a church is a building, most of them old and musty, with some (bad) sculptures and wood benches. I (think) know what people do in there, they repeat words when prompted and make some ritualistic sitting and kneeling for a number of minutes. Other than that, I have no clue. If you don't like that building, go to another one and do your ritualistic dances and word repeating there. What's the difference?

Third, people that follow a religion are owned by them? How does that work? Do you sign a contract where you give up your identity and conscience in order to be considered a member? Are you obligated to follow their rules and decisions even if you disagree with them? Are you even allowed to disagree? Again, this may be obvious to you all, but I really have no idea.

Fourth, I hear that some religions have some very old books that tell followers all they can and cannot do/think/like/wear etc... How often are those books updated? Once a year? Like schoolbooks? Twice a year like the fashion magazines? Are they expensive these manuals? With information changing almost by the second nowadays, this must be a daunting task.

I am sorry if in making these questions I hurt anyone's feelings, I hear that religious people bruise very easily, I tried to be careful and left a warning at the top.

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1) The common people? They get a sense of belonging, psychological comfort, purpose in life, a rulebook, etc.

2) That answer lies in 3).

3) They tend to be owned in practice because religions are often designed as a tool of control over society. As an european, I feel lucky to live in a (relatively) free society but I do not forget for a minute that MANY people died to give us this privilege. I also do not take it for granted; it can slip back to the dark ages if we let it. Authoritarianism, whether by fascism (recently enough in europe) or theocracy (common centuries ago in europe but still common in middle east), or other means, is always lurking. Even in our society you can be groupshamed or ostracised by family and friends if you don't comply with their religion. Furthermore it's hard to free yourself of something when you're indoctrinated to it at a young age. If you believe in hell, would you want to end up (down) there? I sure wouldn't! :)

4) I think each religion rarely updates their books, considering a timescale of centuries. Of course, each "prophet" that comes along adds something to it and that's why there's so many of them in Abrahamic religions alone (https://plus.google.com/+TiagoSousa/posts/9qwEVu4PUif). I'd say what changes more often is the interpretation of books. There's a million examples of "bad" behaviour in the catholic bible but nowadays they shrug it off saying it's from ancient times and people don't do it now. But as we look back to the past, more and more of those behaviours were not just considered "good" but violently enforced. It's an ongoing process still.

TL;DR: It's all bullshit.

PS: I'm an atheist but I sometimes envy religious people; their lives must be a lot easier.
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Education. I don't think that word means what you think it means, America. Oh the wonders of a descent into savagery...
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Really look at ALL the faces.
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+Jyoti Q Dahiya Oh the moms and their babies...
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"Nocturnal Me"

In an ice-capped fire
Of burning wood
In our world of wire
Ignite our dreams of starry skies
And you and me
As realised our bigger themes

Oh, take me internally
Forever yours
Nocturnal me
Take me internally
Forever yours
Nocturnal me

Do or die
What's done is done
True beauty lies
On the blue horizon

Who or why
What's one is one
In pure disguise
Of vulgar sons

Oh, take me internally
Forever yours
Nocturnal me
Take me internally
Forever yours
Nocturnal me

Whatever burns burns eternally
So take me in turns internally
When I'm on fire
My body will be
Forever yours
Nocturnal me

In an ice-capped fire
Of burning wood
In our world of wire
Ignite our dreams of starry skies
And you and me
As realised our bigger themes

Oh, take me internally
Forever yours
Nocturnal me
Take me internally
Forever yours
Nocturnal me

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The Last Gardener of Aleppo. "The world is ours, of the ordinary people." Moving. 6 minutes worth your time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJGp3g93h6M
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I really, really, didn't want to know this. WTFF America?
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Diesel: 0.875 > 1.159
Gas 95: 0.985 > 1,399
Gas 98: 1.135 -> 1,514
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