Friday, January 07, 2005

You Can't Make This Kind of Stuff Up

I just read this on the scroll on CNN - Gallop Poll shows 75% of Americans have prayed for the victims of the tsunami while only 45% have actually donated cash. Now here's the good part - the survey also showed that 6% of the people polled had thought about praying for the victims but had not actually got around to doing it while 19% had not even considered it.

Now I know that thinking about doing something and actually doing it are two different things, but praying. How do you think about praying but not do it? And how much do they pay to think up things to poll about?

5 comments:

ez said...

That is very odd. Odd that they would do it and odd that they would poll about it. I can see someone saying "I thought about sending money" but I thought about praying is absurd. Isn't that what praying is "thinking."

KathrynVH said...

We have to remember that we were brought up in the enlightenment age of the 60's and 70's in a Catholic school taught by really smart liberal people. Some people might believe that you have to say formal prayers to pray. P.S. Melody did not know what the Epiphany was--she said she did not know the story about how Jesus was born or about the three wise men, she didn't know the story where Jesus turned water into wine or even the loaves and fishes story. I hope she was pulling my leg, because these are wonderful stories of hope and inspiration--you don't have to be religious to gain from them. I particularly like to think that the story of the loaves and fishes is that they didn't have enough food to feed everyone and so each person took a very small amount and was satisfied to share with everyone else. To me that's inspiring--the true spirit and wonder of community. We shouldn't let our kids get all grown up without learning this stuff.

paulette said...

If the "loaves and fishes" story turns into "everybody just took a little bit, then the "water into wine" story was, what, everybody was just happy drinking water?

KathrynVH said...

No, I told her it was a miracle. But that it a good thought--people were so full of good feelings toward each other that they lowered their inhibitions as though they had drunk wine to loosen up. I should have been a sophist. They didn't torture and kill sophists did they? Sophists are pains though--we never liked them when we learned about them. I wonder how they got such a bad name.

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