Faulty Logic….

It seems that too many people come to faulty conclusions about this or that simply because of ignorance.  I know that is a pretty rank statement but in some cases, it applies. One of those cases is the quote below where the author says that the opiate addiction crisis rampant in the country is due to the decline in religion.

As Religion Falls, Opiate Use Rises In America

While there is no direct evidence for a causal relationship, the simultaneous decline of religion and growth of opiate use offers a potentially troubling correlation for consideration.

Source: As Religion Falls, Opiate Use Rises In America

canstockphoto18069415.jpgI think the blame for much of the opiate problem lies in the fact that for the workers our economy has been stagnant for three decades or more. Middle-class jobs are pretty much gone except for those who are willing to do the work to get them. There is simply no easy path to the good life anymore. Things have to be earned now. 40% of the population is doing pretty good, the other 60% not so good.

Because of this, there are many disenchanted people around. They hear stories about their fathers and grandfathers who right out of high school got that good paying job in an automotive factory. They hear how a college education will set them back thousands of dollars with no guarantee of any real payback. They feel cheated and in some ways, I can’t blame them.  But at least to me, this sounds too much like a pity party. Instead of doing what it presently takes they want to blame others because they had it easier.

I recently came across someone’s definition of a terrorist and that is a man unhappy with his personal life and looking for something beyond himself.  That something in too many cases is a religious belief that condones and maybe even insists that others need to be punished for their lack of correct faith.

Everyone seems to be in the business of blaming others for their personal condition:

Religious organizations blame others for their declining membership. Instead, they should be taking a good part of the blame because of their political stands and their exclusion of too many who ask embarrassing questions or won’t blindly believe what they are told.

The politicians want to blame the other party for the low congressional approval rating. Instead, they should be looking at their partisans stands and their unwillingness to compromise for the good of the whole. It is just too easy to find a “bad” guy to blame in their world.

Too many who have not managed a more affluent way of life want to blame others. Instead, they should be looking to see what others have done to better themselves.  They need confidence in their own abilities, not someone else to blame.

It is just too easy to find someone else to blame instead of taking a good dose of that blame on yourself.



6 thoughts on “Faulty Logic….

  • We live in an “entitlement” society and when things don’t go their way, they’ll blame others every time. I see so often parents not disciplining their children and just giving them stuff to appease them. They don’t see the damage they are doing. And you are so correct about the economy and income inequality and the lack of good paying average jobs. Negative effects of social media at times too. So many things, but not religion, but perhaps, the morals religion once taught a long time ago. They are too busy with politics and judging now.


  • I stop by your blog a bit. Your blog is listed on a blog roll of another blog I read. I enjoy your writing even though we are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. I don’t often agree with you, but on your thoughts today I can find an issue with nothing. Good thoughts and well said. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.


  • RJ-
    I do not think this is what the author is saying at all. The way I read it he is simply viewing the data of religious decline (based on some measurable index) and the rise in opioid addiction and saying it might be interesting to investigate this to see if there is causation. He does not say there is absolute causality here but wonders if the idea that the apparent lack of religion, which may have kept people either hopeful or resigned with their lot in life, is causing people to turn to real opioid use in its place. Based on his data this may be a logical conclusion.

    The decline in religion might be a factor in the rise in opioid use.
    If this were true then the ‘blame” may lie with the factors that made opioids so easily available.
    Or the “blame” may lie in the religions themselves which are no longer serving the people such that people need to find a different way to deal with life.
    Either way the “blame” finally lies with the person who made a poor choice if religion stopped working for them.

    Causation is not “blame”


  • Yeah, Bob I will admit I did get somewhat off point with the post relative to the quote that started it. You make some good points. Of course, for some there will be a relationship between using drugs and decrease in religion. But to insinuate that it has a strong link is very unlikely. But then again here is another quote from the source:

    “To the unhappy, the suffering, the bereaved, the old, [religion] has brought supernatural comforts valued by millions of souls as more precious than any natural aid… It has kept the poor (said Napoleon) from murdering the rich. For since the natural inequality of men dooms many of us to poverty or defeat, some supernatural hope may be the sole alternative to despair. Destroy that hope, and class war is intensified… As long as there is poverty there will be gods.”

    It was made by WIll Durant in a 1968 quote and refers to the saying that “religion is the opiate of the masses”. I don’t think you will hear many religious people using that source but I have directly heard my original premise used during my attendance at bible study groups.

    Thanks for the thoughts…


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