Saturday, July 12, 2008

Can't work. Praying.

"A single pair of hands at work achieves more than a billion pairs clasped in prayer."

This is exactly what I thought when I was in India, Cambodia and Egypt. The amount of time, energy, physical and financial resource put into their religious monuments is staggering. It occurred to me that they might not be such poor places today if they had been doing things more productive than worshiping. Even today in India, a vast number of people spend a vast amount of their time and money for worship.

Then again, these monuments built by the past generations did guarantee tourist income for their countries in the modern day, so maybe it wasn't such a worthless effort. And they are undoubtedly beautiful and amazing.

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