[ExI] religious question

Giulio Prisco giulio at gmail.com
Fri May 1 08:09:03 UTC 2020

I do pray, but I never kneel down or place my hand in supplicating
gesture. Most often I just look up at the stars.

On Fri, May 1, 2020 at 9:59 AM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat
<extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> On 01/05/2020 07:08, Kunvar Thaman wrote:
> > My mom is a bit more religious, but she worships by doing some praying
> > for things like the better health of the family or better education
> > for us, etc. She addresses no one in particular, just closes her eyes
> > and says stuff like 'May you have ____' .
> I can see prayer being a form of organising your thoughts, clarifying to
> yourself what's important to you, what your goals are, etc., or perhaps
> meditation of some kind. That would certainly be useful.
> Personally, I wouldn't call it 'prayer', though.
> It's interesting to think that some atheists might 'pray' in this sense,
> as well as some religious people. If someone calls themselves religious,
> but doesn't actually believe in any gods, just has a vague concept of
> something like an organising force in the universe, then if they pray,
> their prayers would be in this same sense.
> I'd have thought, though, that for the most part, prayer is a part of
> worship (in the sense I mentioned earlier, abasement and begging for
> favours). The whole kneeling down and placing your hands in a
> supplicating gesture thing reinforces that.
> --
> Ben Zaiboc
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