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Aug 01 2012

Because I am an atheist: scottplumer

Today’s contribution was submitted as a comment by reader scotplumer:

Because I am an atheist…

…I don’t pray for people who are in dire straights, I do stuff for them. A friend of mine has melanoma (which now is in remission). While many of his friends and family prayed for him, my wife and I made him and his family dinner and took it to them. I also helped him fixing some things around the house he was too weak to take care of himself. I changed the battery in his van, replaced the CPU fan in his computer, and a few other things.

I don’t say this to gloat, or to show how wonderful I am. I say it because I know praying doesn’t do a damn thing, but it makes some people feel good. What I did was a burden, financially (we paid for the meal and the car battery) and on our time. It didn’t make us feel good, but it accomplished something. I like to think that it also contributed to his recovery, since some of the stressors in his life were lifted, so he could focus more on his health. So far, so good!

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3 comments

  1. 1
    WScott

    Prayer: the original Slacktivism.

  2. 2
    usingreason

    Maybe someone was praying for someone else to help him?

    Sorry, I couldn’t stop myself; I prayed for the strength to not be a smart ass.

  3. 3
    machintelligence

    Two hands working accomplish more than 1000 hands praying.

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