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Who Is Happier?

  1. marinealways24 profile image61
    marinealways24posted 7 years ago

    As a genralization of people you have talked to here in the forums, who seems to be the happiest group, Creationist's or Atheist's?

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      C.J. Wrightposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      As a generalization, both sides that typically engage in your ideological debates are radical, one way or the other. I find that radicals are very unhappy people.

      1. EmpressFelicity profile image84
        EmpressFelicityposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        "As a genralization of people you have talked to here in the forums, who seems to be the happiest group, Creationist's or Atheist's?"

        Not all people who believe in God are creationists.  And you can't go just by someone's behaviour on an Internet forum if you want to assess how happy they are.  (Although maybe you can spot the really *unhappy* people from some of the stuff they write.)

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        cosetteposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        i'd say the non-believers. almost every creationist i have encountered is pretty high strung and angry, even. prolly because they think the so-called non-believers are having all the fun or something.

      3. Richieb799 profile image62
        Richieb799posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I think people who don't put lots of effort into forcing there opinion on people are happier, imagine the stress someone who is constantly trying to change another feels

        1. marinealways24 profile image61
          marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Yes, I agree. But why do we try to get others to accept our belief and why does it make us feel better when more share our belief?

          1. Misha profile image75
            Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            This actually refers only to the beliefs we are not quite sure about and don't admit this to ourselves. It's a fear of being proven wrong I guess. smile

            1. marinealways24 profile image61
              marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              This makes sense. Emotional attachments to our belief along with pride? I think accepting or even looking forward to being wrong in some things goes a long way in learning new things.

      4. Indigitamenta profile image62
        Indigitamentaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I believe the dumber you are the happier you can be. And there are more pleasurable ways to get dumb than listening to sermons. IMO

      5. moanalisa profile image61
        moanalisaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        By what do you mean "Creationists"? I am a creater of art. This is something I find great joy in. Whether someone says it's a result of God or not, I really don't care.

        In that light, those who find happiness within, rather than seeking outside sources, such as religion to fill the gap, do seem to be the happiest to me.

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          L. Andrew Marrposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          A very good point. However, one could argue (I'm trying to remain neutral here) that those who are unhappy and search for an outer source become happier when they find that outer source. After all, one could argue that an believer is an athiest who was unhappy with just leaving questions hanging and needed something to grab hold of.

        2. marinealways24 profile image61
          marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Why do you think some are more dependent of a belief than others outside of themselves?

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        L. Andrew Marrposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Without meaning to be pedantic, shouldn't the question be:

        "who seems to be the happiest group, believers or athiests?"

        or

        "who seems to be the happiest group, creationists or evolution-ists?"

        1. marinealways24 profile image61
          marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I think most believers believe in creation and most atheist's believe in evolution, aren't they pretty much the same? lol

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            L. Andrew Marrposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I had a long argument typed out in response to this. Then I realised they are pretty much the same.

            Yeah, ignore me, carry on lol

            1. marinealways24 profile image61
              marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              lol Thank You, I'm glad because it is late and my attention span is too busted to argue with anything right now. lol

        2. mohitmisra profile image60
          mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I was happy when I was an atheist .
          Then the experience of enlightenment was something else, happiness is too mild a word to describe such bliss.

          Now I can be very happy or sad , more than most people.

          I can laugh and cry very easily.
          Then at times no feelings at all, stepping back and watching everything like a big movie knowing all is me. smile

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          khmohsinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Creationist, i think

        4. h.a.borcich profile image59
          h.a.borcichposted 7 years ago in reply to this


            I am a believer and I am very happy smile

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          (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Difficult question. I suspect that having the burden of eternal damnation hanging over your every move, every spoken word, every action seems like a very unhappy existence.

          Having to obey and worship the invisible and undetectable seems like a very stressful condition, especially when the god in question is most demanding and vengeful. If he doesn't like what you're doing, a pillar of salt you become.

          Believing in magic means that anything could happen at any given moment where the physical laws of the universe are meaningless.

          I can't imagine anyone deriving happiness from this situation. It's more like living on the edge of a giant razor blade.

          1. mohitmisra profile image60
            mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Salvation not damnation.We are surrounded by magic all the time, depends on how you look at life. smile

      7. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 7 years ago

        I would think atheists would be happier. Atheists have no "truth" that the sub-conscious mind knows is a lie. This must play havoc with the inner self, something that is evident in these religious posts! smile

        1. aguasilver profile image88
          aguasilverposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Oh come on Ernest, "Atheists have no "truth" that the sub-conscious mind knows is a lie" is a ridiculous statement to make, I could make equally irrelevant statements about atheists....

          I have never had any doubts about the truth I know, for I have been in filled by the Holy Spirit and seen Him at work in peoples lives.

          I do not dispute that there are many 'armchair' Christians who maybe have doubts, who have never had a Holy Spirit encounter and therefore cannot truly say they know the truth, because they have not me the truth.

          I'm happy, even when things look bad, because I know who I believe in and He is sufficient for all things.

          1. earnestshub profile image88
            earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I stand by what I said. The sub-concious knows it's a lie. That is why religionists have to "externalize" their beliefs to try to make others believe.
            it helps to still the inner voice that keeps whispering "This is crud!"
            lol

            1. aguasilver profile image88
              aguasilverposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Maybe the inner voice you heard was a little demon trying to work on your rebellion?

              1. earnestshub profile image88
                earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                I deal with my beliefs daily, and change then daily in the light of better information. Must be uncommon as it is often called the road least travelled.
                Religionists are indoctrinated. You could never belief religion if left to your own devices other than the "lizard brain" sending out fear signals that is! Religionists are afraid of any reasonable truths and would rather believe in anything than confront their fear. smile

                1. Mikel G Roberts profile image87
                  Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Not True, I am a living example of a person that had no religious 'training' until I was 13 years old. I found my faith as a grown man. I read no bibles until after I was living on my own as an adult.

                  1. earnestshub profile image88
                    earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    Can you say that with all honesty? No church, no social pressure? I find that hard to believe, as I have never seen someone who was not indoctrinated before. smile

                    1. Mikel G Roberts profile image87
                      Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                      Yes I can, no church upbringing. Mom took me to my first church after I would not let the subject die. At 13 years of age I saw a movie on tv about Jesus, I was curious and did not let it go. I was raised without ever hearing about religions at all. My friends were from non-religious families. Not that had many friends.

                    2. Uninvited Writer profile image82
                      Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                      I had a brief period as a "Jesus Freak" in the 70s. I think it was a direct result of Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell smile

            2. Davidsonofjesie profile image61
              Davidsonofjesieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              your subconcious lies to you , because there is no truth in you!!!if the truth was in you , then you would understand.i have ask you be4 what you beleive and you wont say you just attack every body else

              1. earnestshub profile image88
                earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Bulldust! My beliefs are an open book, as you are. lol
                You show your total lack of knowledge of how the mind works.

                1. Davidsonofjesie profile image61
                  Davidsonofjesieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  tell me something besides,bulldust!!!

                  1. earnestshub profile image88
                    earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    Bulldust is religion, I don't do bulldust either. smile
                    As opposed to your posts? Don't make me laugh! lol

        2. wsp2469 profile image60
          wsp2469posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          You mean because of what they choose not to believe they are generally happier? 
          (Mind you, when the two are both slowly dieing I would think they are both equally happy because an Atheist will change his mind and turn Christian quite often.)
          They do say ignorance is bliss though, don't they?

          1. marinealways24 profile image61
            marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I have to disagree. I think promised rewards for believing are promotional tools used by religion to get believers. I think a person should do good simply for good rather than in expectation of a favored afterlife. If they want to believe they get a favored afterlife and it motivates them to do good, so be it. I do disagree with religion or anyone else claiming the absolute of knowing what happens at death until they are dead.

        3. TMMason profile image71
          TMMasonposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Actions speak louder than words E. I hope you don't mind me saying..

          You don't seem happy, E.

          I hope I am wrong.

          But your posts seem angry and alone all the time. You do not debate, just grump around is all. Like a mean grandfather making jokes to himself about everyone.

          I hope your words do not reflect truely to me what I think they do.

          And most atheists I speak to seem angry, frustrated as though no one is listening to them or something?

          Anyway E, your about the coolest Atheist I have met on Hubs so far. At least your humor is not vile like some.

          Its Good comedy. smile

        4. starme77 profile image86
          starme77posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Why is it that if your not following the christian thing that your an athiest? It seems everyone who disagrees with the christian ways is dubbed athiest? What the hell?

      8. kess profile image61
        kessposted 7 years ago

        Happiness comes and goes according to the circumstance.

        But peace endures all situation.

        Who is that one who possesses such?

      9. Uninvited Writer profile image82
        Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

        I believe both can be equally happy. It depends on the person.

      10. Misha profile image75
        Mishaposted 7 years ago

        non-christians smile

      11. Sanctus Vesania profile image61
        Sanctus Vesaniaposted 7 years ago

        What I don't understand is, why is it every single time, a believer posts something the non-believers will flock to the post?  Then in said post they'll make sure to practically shoot anyone down who believes in something.

        I dunno,  if you atheists are so much 'happier' shouldn't you be going out and doing awesome atheist things?

        By the way; not all believers are a like, Earnest.  You wouldn't like it if I said that all atheists subconsciously believe that there is a God, would you?

        1. earnestshub profile image88
          earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I would not mind at all. smile It is true to some extent. Religiosity is hard wired to overcome the fear of death, but it can be understood as fear when we learn enough psychology to see how it works. Daylight in a dark place. We can deal with it if we try. smile

          1. Sanctus Vesania profile image61
            Sanctus Vesaniaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Religiosity used to overcome the fear of death?  There's a lot of religious people who are afraid of death, because of religiosity.

      12. Uninvited Writer profile image82
        Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

        He asked who is happier, creationists or atheists. A bit hard to answer if only creationists or christians comment.

      13. Sanctus Vesania profile image61
        Sanctus Vesaniaposted 7 years ago

        And to answer the question; I don't think ANY of them are happier.  They're both too busy bickering at each other, and not being useful. Ex: Christians helping people, and the atheists...erm, helping people/having fun. 

        No, I take that back.  Pagan creationists seem to be happier.  They don't seem to hang around much and bicker.  Not that I've noticed.

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          Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          your right....life is good when you believe your belief, with no desire to change or be changed. smile

          1. Sanctus Vesania profile image61
            Sanctus Vesaniaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I believe that a person can sometimes be too open minded; meaning that one moment they can be a Christian creationist, then the next an atheist; then the next week a pagan; next week a pagan creationist.

            There comes a time when you have to truly examine your faith (or lack there of) and settle it once and for all.

            1. earnestshub profile image88
              earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              We need to question belief in god or anything else we believe. Religionists are not game!

            2. marinealways24 profile image61
              marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I think there are too many emotions tied into most faith based beliefs making it nearly impossible to debate beliefs in a logical manner. I also think most are dependent on a belief title or non belief title when simply claiming individual belief does the trick.

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        lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

        I don't believe you can generalize any group of people, not even for a true reading of majority.  Except maybe great hubbers in this community who have been banned yesterday and today.

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          Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          theyll be back. smile

      15. habee profile image89
        habeeposted 7 years ago

        Ernesto, ya know I luvs ya, but I have to tell ya - I'm an extremely happy person! I just don't worry about a whole lot. I try to turn it over to God for the things I can't solve on my own. And no, I'm not some simple-minded idiot. I've held positions with very important responsibilities, and I was efficient and successful in carrying them out. I'm talking about things I have no control over.

      16. Sanctus Vesania profile image61
        Sanctus Vesaniaposted 7 years ago

        From personal experience I've had my share of trials; not one which made me go atheist.

        But, that's just me. 



        Mankind is an emotional lot.

        1. marinealways24 profile image61
          marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I think our ability to separate emotions for rational and logical thought is what makes us different from animals.

          1. earnestshub profile image88
            earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I do not see religionists dealing with any thought processes logically. They do not seem to know anything about their minds. lol

            1. marinealways24 profile image61
              marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I think faith is just as important if not more important than logic. I just think they are unbalanced in some more than others. I don't think this means one is elite to the other.

            2. Mikel G Roberts profile image87
              Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              also not true, I know a great deal about my mind.

      17. habee profile image89
        habeeposted 7 years ago

        Do I think atheists/agnostics can be happy? Sure! One of the happiest, nicest guys I've ever known is an atheist.

      18. Sanctus Vesania profile image61
        Sanctus Vesaniaposted 7 years ago

        I actually feel like writing a hub; I'm not entirely sure if you're trying to convert anyone, Ernest; but at least with me it's not working.

        There have been times that I've thought about the whole God thing.  Does He exist?  Is He around?  There have been times where I've tried to not believe in His existence, and it's never worked. 

        Anyway, leaving this forum again.

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        cosetteposted 7 years ago

        wow.

        that's pretty interesting.

      20. AEvans profile image72
        AEvansposted 7 years ago

        Both,

        I am happy, you are happy all of us are happy! big_smile

        1. marinealways24 profile image61
          marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I think you are taking happy pills! You are always happy. lol I am happy that you are happy.

      21. Rayalternately profile image60
        Rayalternatelyposted 7 years ago

        I love the idea that happiness can be made into a competition. Go to your room, the lot of you. You've been very naughty! big_smile

        1. marinealways24 profile image61
          marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          lol

        2. habee profile image89
          habeeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Can I take someone with me??

          1. marinealways24 profile image61
            marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Sinner!

            lol


            I was jk. I'm not going to tell anyone.

          2. earnestshub profile image88
            earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Oooooh take me Habee! Whats fer dinner? lol

      22. habee profile image89
        habeeposted 7 years ago

        Anything you want that I can cook. I have some shrimp in the freezer???

        1. earnestshub profile image88
          earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Seriously habee, everytime you talk about dinner I wish I lived next door and was your favorite dinner guest. You got food covered young lady! smile

      23. habee profile image89
        habeeposted 7 years ago

        Ah, Earnest, you'd just get fat!

        1. earnestshub profile image88
          earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          No chance, habee. I wear the same size clothes I did as an 18 year old. I can eat like a trooper and not put on weight! Hateful that! smile

      24. habee profile image89
        habeeposted 7 years ago

        I just stopped liking you!

        My husband is the same way. He must consume 10,000 calories a day and never gains an ounce. I think I can gain 5 pounds just smelling food. lol

        1. earnestshub profile image88
          earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I know, it is very annoying but we can't help it. I have one male friend who puts on weight if he smells food I'm sure he hates me deep down. smile

      25. andromida profile image73
        andromidaposted 7 years ago

        I think both groups are equally happy from their own perspective. Otherwise they would not stick to any belief system-atheism also a belief system.

       
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