Religious people are less stressed
There’s a new study that seems to indicate religious people have less stress, and appear less worried about making mistakes than their secular counterparts. The study indicates something I’ve always known about religious people: they generally take a hands off attitude towards life.
Think about this: when you are certain this life is only one form of existence, the only thing you have to worry about is pleasing your God, and beyond that, everything is smooth as silk. When you’re an atheist, you’re profoundly aware of the brevity of your existence, and selfishly seek to prolong it. That, in turn, makes you far more likely to agonize over the decisions you make in your life. It’s the only one you have, so naturally you want to make the most of it.
I realize people feel stress is a negative thing, but it is simply the way your body tries to communicate danger to you. Religious people are obviously less aware of it because they care less about staying alive than non-believers do. Why wouldn’t they? Lots of religious folks live in poor conditions, and heaven is the ultimate vacation destination. It’s also a steaming pile of bullshit, but that isn’t the point.
So religion makes you more numb to the outside world. Does that sound like a reason to start believing?