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Prayer Demotivational by bico-kun Prayer Demotivational by bico-kun
I saw this little photo frame in a store, and this immediately came to mind. I always find it so surreal when people talk about how they prayed for someone like they accomplished something. It never occurs to them that it might be a little more productive to actually do something instead of just basically "wishing" it would be better.
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SaintsSauce Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually chuckled at this because, I see praying for a live person as a way to 'do' something without actually doing anything and feel good at the same time.
worldsmixer Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*appluds at your point and gives the kid a bunch of sandwichs without wasting time to pray*
Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What is a sandwich going to do in the long run?
bico-kun Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Some people don't have the luxury of worrying about the long run.
Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That makes no sense
bico-kun Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, well.
Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
sethness Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
This reminds me of the "World Vision" group, which is a conservative evangelical christian group posing as a disaster relief group.
In 2012 my friends told me several incidents, on several continents, in which WorldVision groups were buying themselves hummers, handing out a thousand dollars to a real charity group only for the photo opportunity, handing out bibles (and not food), or handing out food ONLY if the children being given food would switch religions and pray aloud to Jesus for thanks.

In the beginning two chapters (I forget which) of Christopher Hitchens' "God is Not Great", he mentions a scientific study of several groups praying or not praying for patients with heart problems. Some of the patients were told they were being prayed-for; some were not. (There were therefore 4 groups:  prayed-for&told, not-prayed-for&told-they-were, not-prayed-for&told, and not-prayed-for-and-told-they-were-not.

There were no differences in medical results. Therefore prayer didn't do a damned thing.

The ones who were told that someone was praying for them differed from the other groups only in their level of disappointment with the results: they wanted better results.

Pbjective tests like this should result in finally getting the pro-prayer idiots to STFU. Prayer is begging to a non-existent invisible secret super santa in the sky. The lack of results is positive proof that there is no god who exists, cares, hears prayers, and intervenes.

In personal news: in 2013 my Unitarian Universalist minister responded to my claim that prayer's a waste of time, taking up the place where planning and action could be, by wasting the next 4 church meetings with illogical nonsense about how prayer is a good thing.
I stopped going to UU meetings. I might re-start, if they replace the minister with someone who isn't starting from the perspective that he has to sell his prejudice to an unsympathetic, diverse audience.
bico-kun Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember that study, actually. It's quite true. Even when people pray and do something, all the prayer does is waste time you could be doing something productive. The only benefit I could possibly see is if it were used as some form of meditation, but I rarely see people who actually use it like that.
sethness Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
True. People who claim prayer is good faaar too often pretend we said "meditation" or "planning".

Prayer is NOT meditation, nor is it planning. It's begging to a secret invisible sky santa for help.

If the person on his knees with his hands clasped happens to come up with an idea while begging, it's coincidental... like getting some venison to satisfy your hunger by accidentally driving over a deer while on your way to Disneyland.
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