Sample rates, the insidious gap filling by the theist.
I kept my mouth shut yesterday when my co-worker told me his cousin died from a heart attack. I gave him my sympathies of course. But when he described his cousin's last moments praying, I wanted to scream at him about how absurd that was.
He died, so that prayer obviously did a lot of good.
This insidious gap filling mind trap allows the believer to have it both ways. He would have also thanked god if his cousin survived.
FIRST OFF, no matter how long someone lives, or what they die from, EVERYONE WILL DIE! So prayer will never stop it and to falsely claim that it has power is STUPID.
On a planet where kids die every day from disease and famine, and where babies die in uterus or during the birth process. In a world where people die every day from crime, car accidents, disease, war, ect ect ect in all sorts of limitless ways, I find it absurd to look to ancient myth to find practical ways to delay the the end. But that is the only thing humans can do, is to delay death, you can not live forever.
He fails to take into account that there are 7 billion people on this planet and Christians are not the only ones who die from heart attacks or survive heart attacks.
And I would also guess that this poor guy's deep seeded indoctrination and fear of death probably made the situation worse and sped up the process because of the anxiety. And it probably distracted him from doing something practical, like calming down, taking an asprin. And my co-worker mentioned nothing about any aid to him after he went limp. I wonder if the people in the house had any training in CPR. And if they didn't because of their emotional reaction probably might not have taken good instruction from 911 because they were to damned busy praying screaming and getting emotional.
I am sorry that this guy's loved one died. It always sucks. But I am so fucking sick of the mundane reality of nature and the fact that death ultimately will never be avoided in the end, being turned into a cosmic comic book battle in which people, like the mentioned above, think that crossing their fingers and talking to themselves will prevent reality from happening.
I highly suspect that this guy, just like my grandmother, ignored the signs a bit to long and it became too late. That is what happened to my grandmother. She complained of chest pains, and my dad offered to take her to the hospital, but she passed it off as heartburn, so we dropped her off at her house only to return to find her dead.
Maybe if this guy went to the hospital at the first sign of trouble. Maybe if his family had been trained in CPR. Maybe if they knew their family history, they could have had layman's paddles available in the house. Something practical could have saved his life. But the prayer itself did nothing but waste his time and he still died despite the effort.
We think as a species, that our god/s favor us, and listen to us and will help us. But you cannot name one human that will live forever. Every president has died and every future president will die. Every pope has died and every future pope will die. Every rich man has died, and every rich person living will die. Every world leader in every country who has lived, has died. Every current living world leader will die.
EVERY FUCKING HUMAN WILL DIE!
"At least he died praying" A co worker commented outside during a break.
It was all I could do to stop myself from shouting at his superstitious logic "A lot of good it did him".
"We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers."Obama
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