Does Religious Belief Hinder Social Progress?

How can we improve the society in which we live? How can we make our lives measurably better? Such questions have been asked for hundreds of years, and unfortunately for those hundreds of years, people have been delivering the wrong answer.

As Michael Green says in his exquisite TED Talk, we have been obsessed with the “fetish” we call Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for far too long. Rather than measuring real developments which improve real peoples lives, we instead choose to focus our attention on wealth creation. Rather than measuring our society on how many children we have helped to educate, or how many nurses have saved lives, we instead look at how much money we have made.

If this money is not going to be invested in worthwhile causes, it is money for the sake of money. “Progress” for the sake of progress. A society going nowhere fast.

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Always Look Up

A madman once told me to always look up,
He said to be thankful for all that I’ve got,
and more will be due if I raise up my head,
For you miss opportunity when you look down instead.

Say yes to the invites, say yes to the chance,
Say yes to the drink, and yes to the dance,
Welcome the protest and welcome the chore,
Be thankful for the chance to step out the door.

Luck is a product, one which we all make,
The actions we do and the paths that we take,
For we’re in control, we are our own kings,
Responsible for all that our life brings.

Opportunity is not at the click of a mouse,
It will not come knocking on the door of your house,
For you have to seek it, like a golden snitch,
The chance to progress, and the chance to be rich.

The chance to befriend, the chance to adore,
You will not find staring down at the floor,
But throughout this searching remain positive,
For you give what you get, and you get what you give.

A wise man once told me to always look up,
He said to be thankful for all that I’ve got,
And more will be due if I raise up my head,
For you miss opportunity when you look down instead.

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