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Do you get a ‘no claims bonus’ ?

Posted by Big John on March 20, 2008

Everyone has the right to believe whatever they want to when it comes to religion, but it has always seemed to me that many people look on religion as some sort of insurance policy; and now it looks like I was right, as a study presented at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference in Coventry makes just this point when it says that people with such a “policy” are likely to be happier than atheists and agnostics, as religion acts as a type of “insurance” against personal disaster.

Now I always thought that people looked at it as more of a ‘life’, or should I say ‘afterlife’ policy rather than personal ’emergency’ or ‘accident’ cover. 

In other words people pay the ‘premium’ of going through all the rituals and mumbling the right words every so often, in the hope that, maybe, they will be able to cash in their ‘policy’ if or when they reach the ‘Pearly Gates’.

Umm! … That’s a pretty big ‘maybe’, and nothing to feel too happy about.    

It’s a bit like insuring your baggage when you book a flight and getting that uneasy feeling that you might never see it again as you approach the check-in desk. Do you feel happy then ?  … I doubt it ! 😦 

So how does ‘going through the motions’ of religion in the hope of covering your arse on Judgment Day make you a happier person ?

It beats an old athiest like me, for I’m very happy to be unburdened with superstitious and supernatural beliefs, and I’ve never trusted bloody insurance companies, so I’m comforted with the thought that on the day when they screw down the lid, and I’m ‘all dressed up with nowhere to go’ I won’t have to bother   …

…    to check the ‘small print’.  😀


3 Responses to “Do you get a ‘no claims bonus’ ?”

  1. I agree with you. I am suspicious about surveys like this. Tigger works for a company that does market research and I have had some glimpses into how rigorously questionnaires etc. have to be designed in order to get valid responses.

    Believers know that they are supposed to be happy with their beliefs and will therefore tend to say that they are, whereas some belief systems are so stern that it is hard to believe that people who subscribe to them could possibly feel happy.

    How do you measure “happiness”?

  2. Maria said

    I suppose I could be called an agnostic which in my opinion, just means I am hedging my bet. Personally, I don’t belong to any organized religion. I find them full of pumped-up power people and pompous rules. On days when I feel my spiritual needs, I find comfort in quiet moments while walking thru the desert or hiking in the mountains. There is also a beautiful little chapel at our local Catholic Church. It is always open, quiet, and a wonderful place to meditate or simply sit quietly with my own thoughts. . . guess that is meditating, too.

    If there is a God and he gave me a brain to think then I believe he will be happy that I used it to find my own way to spiritual fulfillment

  3. Ginnie said

    What always amazes me, John, are the pretty intelligent people that I know who are literally afraid not to do the requisite mumble jumbles of their respective religions…in fear of the “great unknown”. I think it much better to concentrate on doing the best you can while you’re still living … and let the chips fall as they will afterwards.

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