Originally Posted by Blue Crab
My experience has been that folks who believe in something appear to be happier than those of us who don't.
I can buy that but I also wonder WHY?
In other threads about boat superstitions, a few say; 'they don't really believe but abide by them just in case.'
Faith (however shallow) is a simpler, guilt free, model to reconcile, rationalize and basically ignore a lot of ugly truths or fears about the state of humanity.
By making it God's problem, we can focus more easily on our own personal gratification and happiness by simply adhering to popular religious/social/cutural patterns shaped and sold as Peer Beliefs.
Sometimes when conflicts arise... Happiness is a warm gun....