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xmaseveeve's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by xmaseveeve

Comment 8, Raytoman,

I don't see how the "sunk cost fallacy" fits with religion.

You "know" you will be in paradise for eternity so wasting 70-100 years praying and suffering and other shite is a tiny investment in comparason

That's not the point. It does fit, when you ask what it is that makes religious people desperately hold onto beliefs which they have come to realise are absurd. I see it as similar to the feeling that the longer you stand and wait for a bus, the harder it is to start walking.

Even when you realise you could have walked it by now, you must start walking when it becomes apparent that the route's been cancelled. Some will cling to the old rugged bus stop through hail and snow, never accepting that the bus isn't coming, never questioning why they think it is.

Tue, 03 Jul 2012 01:35:15 UTC | #948478