Penn Jillette on Placebo Prayer: Should Atheists Talk to God?


I very rarely look in this kind of proximity
when I’m not sexting. If you want to know how to be a good leader
watch Donald Trump and don’t’ do that. Don’t do any of that. I realized recently that I do something very
close to prayer. And I don’t want to show any disrespect
to people by using the word prayer because I know from my friends who are religious that
prayer has a supernatural element, that people are actually connecting to a higher power. And I don’t want to show disrespect to that. But I also want to make a little bit of an
argument. Sam Harris makes his argument for atheist
meditation. I want to make a little bit of an argument
for atheist prayer. I do something before I go to sleep at night
called Penn’s guild roundup. And Penn’s guild roundup is I go through
conversations that I’ve had like tonight before I go to bed I’ll think should I really
have made that sexting joke when I was at the Big Think. Should I really have done that? Did that make people uncomfortable. Is that a line. And I’ll run through how I could have done
that better. I say that with no joke. I’ll actually do that. And I run through conversations I’ve had
and things I’ve done. One that comes up every night was, you know,
should I treat Teller better? And the answer is always no. But I do reflect about it. I do think about it. I also try to think of what I want and how
I can get there. Now I’m very fortunate because when I go
to my desires they’re not very often material desires because my family is well cared for. I’ve been very lucky and I’ve done well. But I think about – I used to think about
my weight and one of the things I used to – and I’m very hesitant to use the word
because I don’t want to show disrespect for those who think it really is supernatural. But I would pray to be able to control the
watts of my diet. Wouldn’t that be great? And I try to run through how to do that and
I do believe with God there’s a lot of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I’m not referring to baptism there. I’m referring to the fact that so much of
the social and personal elements of religion are really good. I would say maybe more than good, maybe very
close to necessary. Try to find ways for people to get together
and help each other and be in celebration and all over this country now. When I first started talking openly about
atheism the country was set at about .8 percent for atheism – .8. Less than one percent. And now some polls are giving you over 20
percent. I don’t think that people are being created
as atheists. I think they’re just simply coming out of
the closet and we have to show a great deal of gratitude to the religious people in the
U.S. for being more tolerant of atheists so they do dare to come out. But I’m watching now a lot of my friends
struggle with how to get that community in their life. And every community in this country whether
it’s the FOMO’s, you know, the former Mormons in Salt Lake City. They call themselves FOMO’s. Or whether it’s the community thinkers in
the churches that don’t have God that are in Vegas. Or the DC chapters that are doing this stuff. I hear about all of them. They try to get together and do music and
do that kind of stuff. We’re going to find what that is. You know, maybe that already is a rock concert
or something. I don’t know what it is. Or maybe this is, you know, EDM music or EBM. Maybe it is that and I’m just not hip to
it. But things are happening in that. But also personally. We have to be very careful when we throw out
talking to God we don’t throw out self-reflection. And I also don’t think and I think there’s
some religious atheists who would disagree with me on this strongly. But I think it’s okay to talk to an imaginary
power if you’re sure that power is imaginary. There’s this nutty thing it’s like a Zen
cone to me. Placebos work even when we know they’re
placebos. That’s one hand clapping. That’s harder than one hand clapping. Placebos work when you know they’re placebos. To do my weight loss one of the things I did
with Ray Cronise, Cray Ray, was to put myself in a cult. I used a lot of the techniques of a cult in
order to get my weight off. I pretended that Cray Ray had answers to all
my questions. Any question I asked Cray Ray would answer. Now we knew in advance that he could be making
up stuff. But I needed that. I needed someone to give me the answers. He also cut me off from my friends by saying
don’t talk about your diet to them ever until you’ve lost your weight. Don’t ever talk about it. The first rule of Cray Ray, don’t talk about
Cray Ray. Do this on your own. We knew we were doing that kind of stuff. We knew we were cheating. And it worked. It worked, you know. You can pretend. I think sports people do this all the time. They pretend that winning a game is a life
and death situation. They know it’s not but they believe it when
they’re playing whatever games they play. Why I used a sports analogy when I don’t
know the rules to one single sport is beyond me. Bad rhetoric. That’s why I did it. But I also think there’s a lot from prayer
in just self-reflection. You sit with yourself. I like to do it right before I go to sleep. Lying in bed going over how could today have
been better. How can tomorrow be better. How could I make my own life, my family’s
life and the world just a little better. And I’m not talking about working hard and
busting your ass. You don’t have to be a hero. Just how much better. Could I have been more polite to my barista? Those are the kind of things I ask myself
at the end of the day. I think that we’re going to find in 20 years
that we have pulled, just sucked out of religion all the good, the community, the self-reflection,
the compassion, the love and thrown away the bad, the God, the hate, the superstition. Let that go away. Let the reflection of the community come back
in. And I pray you’ve understood me.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. Fantastic video.

    I'm a nonbeliever and I have to say that a lot of atheists have a stick way up their ass about anything related to religion. The comment section here is proof of it.

    Religion has given us so much valuable technology. There is no shame in using it.

  2. Penn, the more I learn about you and hear you speak, the way you conduct yourself, etc. the more I love/admire you. Such a great individual that I hope to meet one day.

  3. just like you pretending there is a audience behind BigThink camera.
    but it doesn't matter, doesn't it?
    we love you or not, has nothing to what you should and you can say.
    grow up, 3 yrs old western childish non brain pig-like fake smart nitwits

  4. There are dozens of studies that considered the effect of prayer and as a rule none of them really seem to show anything. The studies that looked at the effect on people who were sick found that those who knew that they were being prayed for had short term benefits, but then once a real study was implemented versus the theologically based study and a third group was added that said they were praying for someone but did not then then the same benefit occurred suggesting a: it was the belief in that you were being prayed for that made you feel better, (not cured in anyway but just felt better), or b: God was pissed that you were messing with the system so the afflicted was made to feel better. You really cannot test B so we can only go with A.

    As a concept this idea of prayer for the benefit of ourselves or others is intellectually a fair bit above Penn's pay grade. There are too many factors to bring into the testing criterion to ensure that you are actually testing what you believe you are. It is much like bio-feedback where you can impose a direct response in the immediate but that response is lost once the input/output paradigm is lost.

    Ultimately if you believe in mythology/spiritualism then your response to the supporting actions are going to be positive, even if just for a short while. It doesn't mean that prayer has no value but it does raise the concern that it is not quite as simple a concept as portrayed.

  5. i only sort of believed in god like 4 months ago then i tried to see him, i think all people need to do that. Like leary said 'LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behavior in people who have NOT taken it. Such the same with God, you knock it before you try to see. God causes people to anger at him who apparently dont even believe he exists. You have to believe to see the theophany. As the son of God NOT God Jesus said 'Didn't I tell you that if you believe, you would see God's glory?' '"You believe because you have seen me. Blessed … Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.' now from sort of i really believe

  6. hate to hear cafe shop psychology, it´s a shame the impossibility in a few lines to show you why starting for your ill use of the well defined word placebo….What happen to atheists right now?, they behave like they where another miliant religion in the complete anthropological sense of the word ….My paternal grand Father and grand mothers were real atheist, the true stuff, they simply didn´t care de abstracta God or talking a LOT of "him", in fact, they never ever mentioned "him" at all.

    I really cant see any difference between a Mormon 7 minutes lecture on why God exist and atheist suffer from some pathological logic and this "pseudo-hypothesis" that confuses intrinsic reinforcement schedule and some other stuff

  7. Buddhists have a metaphor for a psychological mechanism called a Tulpa, which is a sort of manifestation of your unconscious that presents itself as an independent actor. I talk to that.

  8. I can imagine Penn being a person that talks to himself and/or prepares his performances imagining very specific and skilled and skeptical and difficult to please imaginary audiences watching.

  9. I placebo pray everytime the numbers on my clock line up. But the rule is you can't have ones in the bank ready – you have 60 seconds or less to come up with one thing.

  10. Jillette is a convert now. Who would have thought the poster man of atheism seeing the merits of pray. It's always been for self reflection. To dive deep into your own consciousness.

  11. It seems to me Penn, Sam, and many other atheists are trying their hardest to find a way to get to God, without actually saying it. I'm not explaining myself well and I am struggling to articulate my thoughts. But as much as I respect these atheist thinkers, in my mind it sounds like they want God and religion but are trying their hardest not to say it in public.

  12. dude u alright I PREY ON IF I WAS RELIGIOUS COWBOY I WOULD GIVE JESUS A DAM GOOD REASON TO DIE FOR MY SINS HE WOULD BE PROUD CAUSE I WOULD BE A SERIAL KILLER CAUSE MY LIFE HAS BEEN MESSED WITH SO MUCH FOR SO LONG SECRET SERVICE EVEN WANTED AND I DID GIVE MY SIGNATURE SO THEY COULD HAVE MY STATE RECORD THEN I WAS ALMOST KILLED AGAIN A FEW TIMES BY DIRTY COPS OF NLRPD & PULASKI COUNTY SHERIFF'S BUNCH OF #SCUM4PLUMS
    WHEN 2 GIRLFRIEND'S ARE BURNED ALIVE CAUSE THEY KNEW I WAS TRUE RELIGION'S ARE INSANE AND THERE FOLLOWERS ARE MENTALLY ILL IT AINT MY FAULT BUT THEY BOTH WERE ON MY SIDE NO WAY DID ONE POUR GAS ON SELF & LIGHT DUH SHE CUTIE WITH BOOTIE & HAD PLANS MADE SORTA LIKE MY MOMS NEIGHBOR'S ALL DIED RULINGS WERE WACKO CRIME CORONER WAS INSANE AND GIVEN newly CREATED JOB BY BILL CLINTON AFTER HEAD OF KID WAS FOUND & neighborhood CALLED SAYN LIL FLUFFY WAS IN BACKYARD HOW HE FIND KIDS HEAD N BELLY IF THERE IS FLUFFY COPS SWAT TEAMED BLASTED FLUFFY ALL OVER YARD AND WAS SHOWN SEE THATS NOT FLUFFY HEAD WAS SHOWN TO ALL THE KIDS SEE HE IS RUNNING HIS HEAD do yaw want to run yaws head was duh QUESTION CAUSE LIL DOGGIE CAN EAT THERE HEADS TOO OR FALL ASLEEP ON RAILROAD TRACKS SMOKING A JOINT AND CUT INTO LIL PIECES I WANT TO KILL ALL THESE SICKOES THREW ME OUT MY PAID IN FULL HOME & NEIGHBORHOOD I OWNED CASTLE ESTATES I PAID 40K$ IN TAXES YET GUNPOINT COPS THREW ME OUT AFTER I DIDNT DIE FROM HOTBOX FOR NOT MOWING GRASS ON UNITS BLEWUP IN MY FACE GO N2 MOW & WAS NO GRASS LEFT HAD TRIPLE BYPASS THROWN TO STREET CAR TO MY SHOES TOOK COP SAID I COME FOR ONE THING HE CAP ME BACK OF HEAD I NEEDED MEDS TO MY MONEY & MEDS TO BRACE & FOOD TO MY HEART MONITOR ALL SITN RIGHT THERE THEY WANTED ME TO DIE IN HEAT NO FAMILY OR FRIENDS COME AROUND CAUSE THEY KNOW COPS WANT ME DEAD THATS STORY OF MY LIFE SO IF I PREY IT AINT GONNA BE A PRAY THATS FORSURE

  13. I personally find this is actually ignoring the obvious harm that is caused by something as insanely stupid as Prayer.
    Would he say the same thing but only use Magic Spells?

    After all that is what Prayer really is when you boil it down.
    It is a Selfish desire for one person to say, I am going to use Magic to force everyone to be as I say!

    For anyone to act as if a magical being exists and cares about their stupid fucking life is the most pompous bit of bullshit that could be uttered!

  14. Mr. Jillette, I salute you for showing signs of wisdom.  It is good to see a balanced perspective from someone who clearly stands on one side of an issue.

  15. Should Religious people Talk to Imaginary friends? This way it sound like schizophrenia, although having almost the same meaning.

  16. I love you Penn. you guys are incredible magicians but i believe your best work was on bullshit being teachers of rational thought and logic..So please bring back bull shit! just one more season. so much more nonsense needs to be debunked, for example, book of moron, reincarnation, scientology, flat earthers, Illuminati, abortion, concussions, ect…

  17. I love you Penn. you guys are incredible magicians but i believe your best work was on bullshit being teachers of rational thought and logic..So please bring back bull shit! just one more season. so much more nonsense needs to be debunked, for example, book of moron, reincarnation, scientology, flat earthers, Illuminati, abortion, concussions, ect…

  18. yet another trumped up video to discredit D Trump. Just who do you people think you are dealing with. This sublime and transparent attack on Trump is quite frankly disgraceful. What little credibility you had before is now none existent.

  19. Form a hypothesis about the fraction of reality you perceive, and that exists in your consciousness – however small or trivial that hypothesis might seem to be. Do something. Observe results, measure them, as objectively as you can. Is your hypothesis valid and supported by facts?
    You did whatever. What you did has consequences. You think you are a good person. Are you? Does the stuff you do support the hypothesis that you are a good person?

    Do something. Reflect. Inspect and adapt.

    This way of thinking is a step above what humans are instinctively driven to do.
    Smart people do this all the time.

    Penn Jillette is smart.

  20. penn is one of the great philosophers of our time. an amazingly talented guy as well. I will get your new book for sure. god, no was one of the best nonfiction books I have read, it helped me get from being an agnostic to an atheist in the opening question. if you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.

  21. between all people! atheist are spiritually self reliant. in comparison, like not needing an external battery to operate. if I pray, its for creating or bringing into the world of what I pray for, and its not a request to a personal god that hides from me and if my prayer is materialized, its my efforts that I set in motion including reinforced repetition of my desire to strengthen and to be reminded of what I want. not everyone prays to god in the absence of all senses and call it a miracle in ignorance of truth or for an agenda. atheist don't pray to god or they're agnostic, not atheists.

  22. "People are praying for you Penn". that is what I imagined telling you if we ever bumped into each other in an elevator. Since it is more likely we won't meet. I thought i'd write it here. Have a wonderful day

  23. I am an atheist and have been since before I even had the chance to get into religion so I don't get it much. But I have always been jealous of how as a devoutly religious person you can just drop to your knees, say to the universe "this is too much", and feel ensured that things are gonna look up. Sadly it will always feel kinda dumb to me since at this point I know I am either not being heard or what is hearing me actually likes to punk me but I can't downtalk how optimistic it can make them. Whatever works so long as it isn't hurting anyone.

  24. I've never particularly reflected on it, but I actually developed one to help stop myself from getting too angry when I was stuck in traffic. I think about the "traffic light gods", whose only tenets are that you must give yourself enough time for your journey and you must be kind to other road users. If I'm stuck in red light after red light, I concede that the traffic light gods are punishing me for not giving myself enough time to get where I wanted to go on time, or because I didn't let someone out when they'd been indicating for ages. I know they're not real, obviously, but it turns what used to be a frustrating experience into something almost wryly amusing.

  25. I agree with this dude on a surprising number of things. I'm not a libertarian, but I think we'd still have plenty of common ground on politics, too.

  26. Penn is someone who I would love to have a conversation with. But I overthink everything, so Id second guess myself when it comes to his method before bed. I could do everything better, but then I'll just pass out and forget about it.

  27. I do the same thing. I'm just interested in learning as much as possible, and being as reasonable and unbiased as possible.

  28. Letting go of God is like letting go of the Tug-O-War rope but remaining to stand in line with the team to reap the rewards.
    We all have one shot, thru Jesus, given now, during this age of grace to believe in the righteousness of God or else suffer the consequences coming soon.
    People want proof that God exists but if we all knew the winning 100 million dollar lottery number minutes before it was drawn, we would all be rushing out to play the lottery also. It just does not work that way.
    This also applies to God. We are required to believe in righteousness just because it is the right thing to do. Not because someone is watching. The teacher is always silent during the test. They give a certain amount of time to take the test to see who was paying attention.
    By staying invisible to us now God is testing everyone of us. Most are failing miserably. Thinking no one will know if I sin. God was very clever in His plan to discover just who everyone was. In the end the bible says everything shall be known which man did upon the earth but those who believe in Jesus will have their sins covered by His sinless blood and therefore will not suffer the shame of standing in front of God with their sins in plain sight.
    You are right……….It's your decision…………
    Thank you Jesus

  29. Jung and Freud showed us that the mind is an ecosystem so it’s good to talk to your Self and all the lesser powers so your all on the same page. Every religion starts as an Experience progresses to a Community, and then ends up as an Organization. Beware the Organization stage because that often slides into Scam. You can’t destroy the evolution given instinct for religion, you can only create a new one, and—you have.

  30. I smoke weed as a form of prayer, makes a lot more sense, and you can do it as a ritual with your friends as well.

  31. Pray! I say! Pray! If you don't believe in a deity, why worry?if you do a repetitive prayer, you will focus inwards, this leads to a more grounded feeling, and hey, you never know where it might lead you! You never know, it may also help you to actually become self critical and let you explore what you believe, how you really feel, and also to look at what can help you grow in maturity or whatever

  32. Actually it's been really hard to me since i've became an atheist. I really miss my friend god. I feel alone and sometimes i cry cuz i know that "friend" isn" there anymore. Anyone have or had this depression?

  33. John 3:16
     For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    Jesus Loves You satan hates you and wants to take as many with him to the lake of fire and steal as many people from God as he can satan is angry cause he knows his time is short and he knows his fate he wanted to be God and got jealous so he was cast out and his revenge is to steal as many as he can from God and it breaks Gods heart don't let satan steal you away ask Jesus into your life and ask him to fill you with the Holy Spirit

  34. Mr. Jillette should keep praying! As one who has been angry with God three times and fired Him twice: I discovered God’s a BIG GUY, He can deal with all my questioning, doubt, lack of Faith and my anger… when life’s circumstances take a downturn. When I “exiled” God… all the pain and anger, disappointment and despair had nowhere to go but back on me, the vacuum was crushing! It was(is) a terrible place to be. No comfort no hope… just emptiness, a prodigal wandering soul which eventually manifests itself in anger and soon despair . When I “forgave” God (LOL!)… and “rehired” Him, I found He was there all along… patiently waiting for my return… for after I fired Him, it only took a little for me to realize I had nowhere else to go. My anger and pain are still present, but at least I could share it with my Savior, and have the "peace that surpasses all understanding" (Philippians 4:7). I also discovered I don’t get my relationship with my Redeemer on my terms, but only on His. I'm to be His servant… He's not mine.

  35. Penn… You are so INDOCTRINATED that you think SELF REFLECTION is owned by god… and that none of us non-catholics could have ever have conceived of the notion of serious thought about our own character, actions, and motives. SHAME! SHAME ON YOU for thinking like a 6 year old catechism cultist. You hope the barbarians are inward-looking without god… Piss Off!!!

  36. Well, to me my dogs are the most spiritual reason to be alived, also my mom and my dreams.. God can be anything!!!

  37. I'm an atheist, I talk to god.
    I'll ask her, if you want me to go to pornhub and watch videos of those lovely lesbians you have provided for me. Please respond by giving me no sign whatsoever.

  38. Important and relevant reflections. Not all is bad with religion. The human need for connection and being able to evaluate your actions is a path for developing a much better society.

  39. Haven't watched yet but I just want to say that I'm an atheist yet I pray literally more than anyone I know. And definitely believe everyone even other atheists will benefit from prayer, meditation, and practicing mindfulness. Unlike other atheists I am a spiritual person i just don't believe i have a creator or deity beyond my own soul

  40. I've done it a few ways but my most rock and roll weight loss was a lot of amphetamines, a lot of oxycodone and a tonne of weed for breakfast then go the gym and zone out mentally for a few hours and let the uppers and painkillers do the heavy lifting, unlike every other time the weight has been off 4 years this time, not everyone has my liver and kidney function.

  41. I have often said through out my life that if I only had a choice between false religion and atheism, I would probably be and atheist. I actually agree with a lot of what the atheists are saying about religion. But I am a little different than most people. I was never converted to God. I remember being with the heavenly Father and Jesus before I was born. I have memories. I was twelve the first time the Lord talked to me. Jesus, who I now call, Yah Shua, has been my friend, teacher and mentor my whole life and he is my savior in more way than just forgiving me of my sins. I have had too many tangible experiences to say that he is imaginary.
    I want to tell you that the Lord is pleased with the work you are doing to expose false religion and hypocrisy. He says thanks.
    You are no so far away from the truth as you profess to be. Let me show you the things in which we are in agreement.
    1. Do you agree that worshiping false gods is wrong? So do I. The difference between you and me is only that you do not believe in a true god and I know there is one.
    2. Do you agree that setting up images for worship purposes is wrong? So do I.
    3. Do you agree that people who swear to you in the name of their god that they will do something and then not do it or swear to you in the name of their god that something is true and it is not, is wrong? So do I.
    4. I hope you will agree that taking a day off once a week for rest is a good idea. If working 7 days a week is a requirement for atheists, I will never be an atheist.
    5. In one of your videos, you talked about your parent in a very respectful way and it seems to me that you do honor your parents.
    I hope you will agree with the adage that one rights extend to point they infringe on the rights of other, Yes?
    6, If it is wrong for someone to kill you, do you agree that killing others is wrong?
    7. Do you agree that if it is wrong for someone to steal your wife, it is wrong for you to steal another man's wife?
    8. Do you agree that if it is wrong for other to steal from you that is wrong for you to steal from other people?
    9. Do you agree that if it is wrong for others to "bear false witness" to you, that is is wrong to bear false witness to others? I know you do. I watched your video about bearing witness of Jesus and then saying it was not true and I really enjoyed it. I have heard that exact same witness before from big rich pastors that I know are false prophets and they are making ton of money off that testimony. Thank you for exposing them. I grew up in a religion where I was taught my leaders were true prophets, but because of my relationship with Yah Shua, I found out the truth. I believe that in the beginning there were true prophets, but in these days, the church has been taken over by Jesuit-Illuminati-Mason priests. There is a Catholic graven image, right downtown in the headquarters of the church. I recently listened to the testimony of president of the church and I could tell it was a false witness. He said some true things but did not really bear testimony of the truth. I was excommunicated from the church for my testimony of Yah Shua.
    10. Do you agree that if it wrong for other men to lust after your wife or your property it is wrong for you to lust after theirs?
    If you do agree to all these things, you agree with the ten commandments. If you agree with and keep the commandments, you are not an enemy to the true God, even though you do not believe in him.
    My sister asked me how I know that the God I worship is the true God and I told her, in the first place, I have been in his presence, second, I did the 40 day fast thing, and I did not die or go crazy, and recently, October 22, 2018, I was run over by a 45 ton dump truck, all 5 wheels on the passenger side of the truck, and the only injuries I got from the accident were a broken femur and cuts and bruises. I was not killed. My body was not plastered all over the street, and I did not experience any pain from my injuries or the resulting surgery to put my femur back together. The only explanation was that God saved me and I know he did. When I say that Yah Shua is my savior, it is not just because he forgave me my sins. He also has saved me twice from dying were normal people would have died.

  42. I like placebo prayer better than superstition. I always felt bad telling a religious person that I treat the whole God issue as I would any other superstition. In the same way that I knock on wood when tempting fate I also "pray." I know praying has no realistic value, but it is such a widely known concept that I still do it, just in case. It is in moments of "prayer" that focus on self-reflection, so for that reason alone I still use placebo prayer as a way to analyze events to find solutions.

  43. Nope,,whys this guy everywhere
    Hes so worried about disrespect
    Ive heard this guy talk, hes quite disrespectful.

  44. I talk to myself every day. I don't talk to any "God", that would be stupid, but I do think things over in my head during the course of the day, and sometimes when I am alone, or going for a walk, I will talk quietly about things frustrating me, worrying me etc. It helps me release stress, and enables me to think more clearly. Shame most religious people do not do that, and instead they mutter Hail Marys or bible verses, and not talk to themselves rather.

  45. "Placebos work even when you know they're placebos." This is so true. I used to have a guy tell me to look in the mirror each morning and tell myself I am a winner, I am successful and so on. That seemed so fake. I wasn't going to tell myself lies. Yet at the very lowest point of my life when it seemed I had lost everything I just started telling myself stuff like this. Out of desperation. And instantly, Instantly, it worked. I told myself I need to heal (emotionally) and immediately I felt the knot in my stomach start to dissipate. Then I started telling myself that I have personal worth. That I am strong. That I am not a victim. That I still have life left in me. That I forgive. That I don't want to hurt anyone anymore. Etc. And over the space of mere weeks I noticed a massive improvement in my mood and my outlook on life. I still have periods of depression, but they are less aggressive in nature and don't last as long. If there are any young people reading this who are struggling please do this now rather than waiting 20 years.

  46. On my stressful days I often recite- I am one with the force, the force is with me. Obviously, I not a believer but I find it calming and it gets me through the tough times.

  47. Self-reflection is an attribute the wise may have, but not all.  Religion may be sucked of all its good things by the wise, but not by the rest.  The stupid we always have with us.    Wait…should I have called the lower half of all IQs "stupid?'  Should I be nicer?  Probably.  Heck.

  48. I'm glad that in my country saying that they're atheist isnt considered coming out of the closet. Pretty much everybody I know are mostly atheist themselves and some have some sort of "spiritual side", whatever that means, but are not considered religious either.

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