Sunday, July 14, 2013

Settling for Good Enough

How many people would bother going to the same dramatic performance week after week when they expect the writing, staging, and acting to be average? Why waste the time and money on theatre that is only "okay"? Most of us don't settle for mediocrity when it is going to cost us something. Unless, apparently, you happen to be religious and the performance is church.

"Clergy Contribution To America's Wellbeing Ranks Below Military, Doctors, Scientists, Engineers: Survey" brings up a number of interesting results. The one that jumped out at me is that only 52% of weekly churchgoers said clergy contribute "a lot" to society. These are presumably the same people who in other surveys and studies insist that religion is either the most important or one of the most important aspects of their lives. Think about that for a moment. It is so important that only slightly better than half think the primary figures in delivering the service actually contribute a lot to society. Why/how is it important? And, why do the other 48% keep going?

I'm not really sure what such a result really means but I do have some suspicions. I have pointed out before that I am reasonably sure that most religious people either don't really believe what they claim, at least not as fully as they think they do, or they have never bothered to critically examine their own beliefs. I fail to see any other rational explanation for why people would settle for such mediocrity on matters they themselves claim are so important.

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