Does Religious Belief Hinder Social Progress: An Analysis

From the data I downloaded from Social Progress Imperative, and the data I collected myself, I plotted a graph to measure the relationship between a nations social progress, and the extent to which its populace is religious.

Once plotted, this graph produced a negative correlation, and pointed towards the fact that the higher the percentage of religious followers in a nations populace, the lower the social progress of that nation tended to be.

As I stated in my initial post, this does not show causation, but it does show a clear, albeit weak, correlation.

Following on from that initial discovery, I think it is time we analysed the graph in a little more detail.

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2014: A Broken Britain

Society heads to ruin, and those that lead us there,
Take us forth on promises of making things more fair,
Our benefits cut, our bedrooms taxed, we’re squeezed for every coin,
Ever since Clegg’s yellow and Cameron’s blue did join,
The rich are getting richer, at the expense of the poor,
They may use the front, but we’re shown the back door,
UKIP is persistent, it’s the foreigner we must fear,
Despite the twenty billion pounds they’ve added living here,
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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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Tattoos Are For Life, Not Just For Christmas

We live in an environment whereby we are encouraged to be constantly updating our own lives. Standing still is falling behind in the fast paced world of the twenty-first century. It is uncommon to wear a football top from more than a few seasons ago, it is unusual to drive the same car for ten years, and it is unheard of to have the same mobile phone for a decade. I wonder whether these attitudes in part have a role to play on the issue and perception of tattoos.

Advances in laser treatment aside, a tattoo is by and large a permanent fixture upon the skin of the person who gets it. Though it may fade, it may morph with the changing of your skin, and it may become damaged, the tattoo is likely to be the longest lasting item you will have ever purchased.

I believe that we live in a throw away society, and this mentality may be a factor in why tattoos are still so frowned upon by certain people.

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All Aboard The Ship That Cannot Sink

If it had not had happened, you would be forgiven for believing that somebody had invented it. Such is the convenient way it can be used as a metaphor.

I thought about it for the first time as I was travelling into Swansea on a bus one day, but I must have dug it out from the back of my mind because it is a relatively common metaphor to be used.

It has been used to portray many things; organisations, politicians, and nations, but I think that it is best suited as a metaphor for society as a whole.

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