A response to some of the comments on the last meme.
I’d like to respond to some of the comments left on the last meme posted about prayer.
First let me say that at no time have I said anyone CAN’T pray. That is an individual choice of which I have no need in preventing anyone from doing.
Having said that, I’d like to point up that prayer DOESN’T DO SHIT! Yep that’s right it doesn’t do shit. Example, if those who first responded to the bombings in Boston had stood around and prayed instead of applying tourniquets to the damaged limbs of the victims, how many more would have died? If the doctors in the trauma centers the victims were taken to, had stood around and prayed instead of using the training they had to save the lives of the victims, how many more of them would have died?
Try praying for someone to rise from the dead, see where that gets you. Try praying for a person suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease and see if that person experiences a cure. Praying may make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, but it doesn’t do shit for the person being prayed for.
To the person who compared prayer with meditation (chuckle) I have to respectfully disagree. Prayer is beseeching some deity, mother of god, or if you’re catholic, a plethora of saints to intervene on behalf of the person you are praying for, to cure them of what they may have. Ironically, nothing ever happens, the person is not cured and all that praying falls on supernatural deaf ears. If those supernatural ears ever existed in the first place. Meditation on the other hand refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy (chi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. I know several atheists who practice meditation. Since meditation is the practice of focusing the mind, and not beseeching a none existent deity to intervene on your behalf, it’s not that unusual for an atheist to practice some form of meditation.
Let me end with the previous statement of the meme of yesterday, Prayer doesn’t do shit!