Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Belief in hell boosts economic growth

(via the curt jester)
"Economists searching for reasons why some nations are richer than others have found that those with a wide belief in hell are less corrupt and more prosperous, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis..."

hhhmmm... it sounds dubious especially if you consider the study in terms of the filipino who simply doesn't fit the pattern. it could mean either two cases, that religosity and poverty can't co-exist, or filipinos don't really believe in hell. maybe i'm just confusing belief in hell with religiosity. but if that's the case, then the second case is true. are we then looking at a case when powerful filipinos willfully downplay their religious beliefs, i.e. belief in hell, in favor of a bigger piece of the corruption pie? that certainly is not a new phenomenon in human history. so if such is the case, we ought to give 'em hell then....

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