Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Why religious preachers need to be paid more

Among all the career professions in this world, I think the God people of Christianity have it the worst. When I say God people, I mean everyone who preaches Christianity, the neighbourhood pastor, the televangelists, even the Jehovah's witnesses who knock on your door when you are in the bathroom and refuse to accept that reason as an excuse to leave.

Why difficult, you ask? Because the fundamental basis of their careers is selling God to the masses. When you look at these people on television and in your neighbourhood churches, most of the time they are either trying to convince ordinary citizens that God loves them, or trying to convince those citizens to love God. These two activities form the crux of their professional life. But my point here is, how fucking difficult would a salesman's job be when he posseses no demonstrable evidence that the product he is selling even exists at all?

Imagine any other profession, say a car salesman, trying to sell you a car you can't see. Try to gauge the degree of difficulty he would have in carrying out his job. "This is an awesome vehicle, gives awesome mileage and will get you awesome ass in your backseat", the guy tells you. "The only problem is, I can't show it to you, and when you use it, you won't really know that you are using it. You've just got to trust me on this one, folks. Now how about showing me that check?" How much of an idiot would you have to be to buy a car from this guy? And how hard is it going to be for this guy to make ends meet? Yeah, he's got a pretty shitty deal.

Or consider job security. These people have dedicated their entire lives to a career that's based on the single premise that there exists a God. Not an abtract, semantic version of a Supreme being, but a God who actually exists as an entity with Jesus Christ as his messenger. Do they lie awake in bed at night having second thoughts about their career move? Do they often mumble to themselves, shit I really should have accepted that rocket scientist job offer, who knows if there even is a God? And how devastating would it be to these people when it is ultimately proven that God, as they've known Him for a while now, does not even exist?

Because, it's just a matter of time, you know. At some point in the near future, an MIT PhD candidate is going to wake up on saturday morning with a tremendous hangover and come up with a theory which conclusively debunks the entire concept of a God. So when this happens, would these people consider their lives to have been a huge fucking waste of time? Would they die with the knowledge that everything they've been doing till now has had no purpose, no real relevance whatsoever? It's a tough deal, man, it really is.

So what I'm saying is, give these people their due for choosing a profession that ultimately goes against any kind of business sense and sticking with it, no matter what. Because, even if these people are jackasses, they are jackasses with the hardest jobs in the world. Give them some compassion and that salary hike they so richly deserve.

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