August 25th 2008
While waiting in the doctor’s office, I decided to pass the time by perusing NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and came across a striking example of why religion is dysfunctional. In an article by Laurence Gonzales entitled “How to survive almost anything” in the September, 2008 issue, I read that Illinois had 50% more tornadoes than Alabama. Yet, although Illinois has a larger population than Alabama, far fewer Illinois residents died in tornadoes as did Alabamans. The author wrote that this was because Alabamans had a fatalistic attitude and believed whatever happened to them was in God’s hands, while Illinoisans tended to believe what happened to them was up to them.
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