If you’re like me, you’ve probably subscribed to a lot of blogs, news sites, and have some newly acquired books, then after just a little while of laziness you’ve found yourself with a reading backlog virtually impossible to fulfill.
Trying to catch up with some of it, I found this post from December 2010, which is totally worth reading. You guys know how I love Top Ten Lists, this one is, in my humble opinion, very insightful. So I decided to share this excerpt with you.
The Top 10 List – Why Religion is like the Lotto
- You’re playing against ridiculous odds but…
- It’s easy to ignore the odds if you’re fixated too much on the prize.
- There may not even be a “winner” at and you just wasted all that time and money for nothing.
- In most cases, you’re actually playing a Lucky-Pick game, because your choice of religion depends largely not on personal choice, but on the circumstances of your birth
- If the lotto was like religion, you are forced to use the same combination every time.
- If the lotto was like religion, you can’t bet on more than one combination at a time. That is, you can’t improve your chances of “winning” by playing the field.
- You have to play continuously and (pardon the pun) religiously because you don’t want to run the risk that your “number” was drawn on the day you didn’t prepare.
- Lotto tickets aren’t free. Bought one at a time, you may think its small change. But add up a lifetime’s worth of constant betting and it’s easy to regret all that time and money wasted on buying losing tickets.
- Some people may claim that they’re buying a ticket to “help charity” but everyone knows they’re just after the prize.
- There’s no shortage of quacks and superstitious nonsense all claiming to know the secret to getting the winning combination.
And a bonus #11: If everyone just stopped wasting all their time and money betting on the lotto and concentrated their efforts on something more tangible and realistic, a lot of good could have gotten done instead.