Religious People are Gluttons

Canada
August 31, 2009 1:42pm CST
I've been a long time user of message boards, from long before I found this site. One of my favorite sites to use was one called "Hi5", but one thing I see over and over again on their philosophy boards, is that most people on there are agnostic or atheist. They don't get paid anything for posting their point of view, they just do it because it's how they feel, and they want to write about it. Here, on the other hand, is a site where you get money for posting whatever you'd like, and over and over again on pages such as this one, I see so many people talking about how religion is a must, and how it couldn't possibly not work. Highly devout religious people seem to come to this site, far more then agnostics or atheists. But there are very few differences between the two sites. Hi5 cares more for each person having their own board, and individuality, in where this site is extra simple, and pays you money for sharing your opinion. Seeing the higher ratio of religious people on this site, it tells me that the religious are gluttons. In case you're curious about me, I'm an atheist, been on this site for maybe close to a year now, and generated just over $2. Opinions matter far more to me, then little bits of money.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
1 Sep 09
I am a Christian. I only post here on Mylot because I really have no interest in other sites. I really do not have the time expend that others do (I do not mean that offensively, it is simply a fact). I also do not cram my religion down other's throats, I respect everybody's decision in that regard. But the bible tells to evangelize. Ideally a Christian wants to share the Good Word. I have debated with alot of non-Christians on here. i would like to think that all are welcome on Mylot. A little sidenote: somebody said they didnt live in Us, you asked if they lied on their page - I do. People really do not need to know who and where I am. That is just smart and safe thinking.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Sep 09
I think he is also forgetting that not all people who LIVE in America are technically Americans. I had a friend who was an American whose husband was British- and she moved to England and lived there. Their daughter has dual citizenship, she is English and American. My friend still considers herself American although she blends into life there, so I am sure there are people in America who also do not consider themselves 'American'...
• Australia
1 Sep 09
I suspect the reason you see so few atheists/agnostics in the religion thread is because we can't be bothered arguing with fools. There have been some highly acrimonious discussions in this thread, and these days I rarely enter them. I understand your point about the little bits of money aren't important, and yet I manage to answer only issues that interest me yet still manage payout most months. Admittedly, the writing tasks do help with that, but even before they became available I was making payout every other month, and my partner, who like you and I is mainly interested in intelligent dialogue, makes the target every moth. Lash
• Canada
1 Sep 09
That is a part of my point... the people who come to this page to fill out many pieces, and make payout every month, are gluttons. Tell me this, are there other sites that you go to for writing similar pieces? Ones that have different kinds of people, and don't pay you? I came here because I saw a link that said I would get paid for writing these pieces on message boards, which I always loved to do anyways. But the fact that I came here to post, rather then just keeping it to the site I was far more used to, makes me a glutton as well. I wanted to get money for writing these pieces, but I only make 10-15 cents a month for it... it's such a catch 22. By the way, how do you write out those pieces that they give you extra money for? I made an attempt once, to write about a product, that I would be paid 2$ for, but it was refused. Glutton to glutton, any pointers?
• Australia
1 Sep 09
I don't have time to be on more than one site. Besides, over the years I have belonged to a number of similar sites, and was putting up with the aggravation of either stupid and inane topics/posts or aggressive ideologues for no money at all, and I frankly can't be bothered. This site has paid me over $100 for a year's intermittent attention, and for that I can cope with the stupidity and aggression. Lash
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Sep 09
I am not a glutton and like I said in another response, I generally make payout. It's not HARD, it doesn't take hours and hours and hours. In fact, because I am not here all the time any more, I am 30 cents short lol. Oh well, it'll roll into September I guess. I have posted reviews at a few places but the problem is that I don't really want to 'sell' things. I just like to discuss and talk with people, not necessarily promote anything. It takes too much effort for me to write reviews, while this is more like a conversation. Also, I avoid SOME of the religious and political threads because they just get way out of control and there's no point. True, they gain attention and there is a LOT of discussion, but much of it is negative and as you know, ASKING anybody to ruin your day is a flat out stupid idea.
• United States
31 Aug 09
What an interesting observation. (Thank is the politest way I could think of putting it!) I am a Christian, and I am here yes, possibly earning a bit, though its not exactly big money here so I;m not sure many people are SERIOUSLY here to make money. I enjoy the conversations and the people. I have spoken to people of all different beliefs on here. Why shouldn't we assume you're just here for the money, if everyone who is 'religious' is only here for that? Come to that, why SHOULDN'T someone come here to earn? The site pays to post, so of course people will come for that, regardless of their beliefs. Are you telling me everyone with any religious leanings are here for money, but all atheists and agnostics are here for the discussions? How odd. How on earth would you know that? Do you know why I have never posted on the far superior less gluttonous Hi5? Its because I'd never heard of it until I read your post....lol... I hope you continue to enjoy the site regardless!
• Canada
31 Aug 09
I just think it's really funny how this site seems to attract more highly devout American Christians, while it's only difference is the fact that posting messages makes you money. I'm not giving any absolutes or 100% to the situation, because there is absolutely cases that oppose what I'm saying... I'm just saying there seems to be a higher amount, while the only difference is money. Really, you can take it however you like...
• United States
1 Sep 09
oh well, you let me off the hook there as I'm not American...lol
• Canada
1 Sep 09
But, your page says that you're from Attleboro, USA.... does your page lie?
@irishidid (8538)
• United States
2 Sep 09
You don't have to read it. To me it's a personal thing. I am a believer, but I'm not really religious and I tend not to get into conversations dealing with it. I made my peace with my beliefs a long time ago and as the saying goes "Opinions are like a**holes. Everyone's got one."
• Philippines
1 Sep 09
I do not impugn your motive for saying that religious are gluttons. However, maybe it is quite unfair to judge religious people as gluttons for coming here to Mylot, just because their number is more than the number of atheists. I for one participate in the discussion because the topic interests me (any topic for that matter) and one which I feel I can contribute my 2 cents worth. I also am a member of Hi5 and do not care whether they give money or not. I am a member of that social network because some of my friends are there. By the way, do you know that many of those whom you might be calling as religious are may be just like you who do not really believe in God but living under the cloak of religion? Also, do you not know that even atheists themselves, for their avowal of unbelief in God is a worshiper of self, which in reality is his god? Have you noticed it that when you point a finger to a person, there are more fingers (3) pointing to you? What do I mean? Simply this. When we condemn people for being, say, gluttons, let us beware that we are not gluttons ourselves. Probably not with money but with some other things. My point is, we are not a better judge of other people because we cannot read their hearts. By the way, a glutton is one who eats to excess; and since the inference is money, the religious gluttons are those who are already rich and yet come to Mylot and try to squeeze out whatever few cents they can to add to their riches. I am really wondering whether any or many of those who are here at Mylot are rich and would like to add more to their riches. I believe that many who come here to Mylot do not have any excess of riches because most rich people will rather spend their time on endeavors that will that will give them much more handsome returns for their time and effort that will really add to their riches. And if those who are not rich try to earn a few dollars from Mylot, should they be blamed for that? In the first place, which is better, to steal or to join Mylot. The latter of course. Having said all that, I appreciate your being a non-glutton and your openness to express your opinion. I believe that you are one who would like to have this world a better place to live in. Cheers for you.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Sep 09
This is a funny discussion . You haven't been here at mylot long, have you? Thing is, people can check any interests they want or refrain from any interests they want. It took me a LONG time to decide to add 'religion' as an interest, as I am not religious. I'm agnostic although I have nothing against religion - just the idea of organized dogma. I don't appreciate anybody religious trying to PUSH their religion on anybody else. Of course this usually gets their hackles up because you know religious people all claim they are SUPPOSED to witness and convert everybody. HEH. I still believe they have the wrong idea about that. Perhaps they are supposed to but they go about it totally the wrong way. Knocking on people's doors just irritates people. Trying to scare people's kids by attacking the Easter bunny is open season for parents on them and WON'T win them any new church members. Sorry. Same with the people who try to get people to boycott Santa Claus. I think this type of behavior is disrespectful, disgusting, and rude and no wonder it gives them a bad name. Religion - or spirituality - to me, is one of those things that is for some but not others, in other words, it exists but it ISN'T for everyone. I take offense at anybody who thinks it IS for everyone. If you love it, by all means, love it, but trust me, there are things that are priorities for me that you may not care about at ALL. In the same way, that is how I probably feel about your religion. As far as how it works... well, that's all personal and I believe it is personal perception. If you believe in miracles or you believe that you see or hear God, maybe you do. It doesn't mean everybody does or least of all that everybody should! I guess I sort of think along the same lines as you, except I do believe in a higher power, just not worshipping anybody or following any rules. Especially not man made rules following some figure who may or may not exist and may or may not care about what we do while we're here. I'd post here whether there was money or not, this has been an excellent social site and I have made some good friends through here. Believe it or not, we don't all agree on all topics or points either, but they are dear to me even if we have not met in person.
@ulalume (714)
• United States
31 Aug 09
I would imagine most people on here, religious or not, don't really care about the pay on here. Why? Because as you show, it takes years or extreme posting to actually make money. People just like sharing their opinions. I am an atheist, and sure I like to do it as well. Religious people have just as much right as I do to share their opinions. There are other forums out there dedicated to other groups, that don't pay, where similar types of people go too. The board you found hoards atheists and agnostics, I could name a few that harbor Christians. The ratio in real life is going to be the same, any ways. Religious people tend to always be more outspoken as it is a part of their "calling" (in general). You can't blame them for it, necessarily. I don't really support it per say, however like I said; they have a right to do as they desire and to their opinions. Assuming they aren't violent or condescending, they also have every right to talk with me about their beliefs so long as they can handle mine in return. That is how things are in my regular life as well. Lastly, they're not doing anything more than you coming on here and starting a discussion to insist that "religious people are gluttons."