Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Pigs Get Fat - Hogs Get Slaughtered

In Monday’s edition of the New York Times there was an article in the Science section titled, “For Good Self-Control, Try Getting Religious About It.” (thank you Chip for sending me the article)

The thesis of the piece is that those who are devout in their faith beliefs demonstrate greater self-control. I especially loved this one line:

Researchers around the world have repeatedly found that devoutly religious people tend to do better in school, live longer, have more satisfying marriages and be generally happier.

So if all those benefits are true (and everyone seems to agree that they are) why are so many so reluctant to pursue matters of faith? You might think that for no other reason than successful marriages, academic careers and long life people might be open to give faith a try.

Totally random thought: At breakfast this morning a friend used the phrase:

Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.

I have no idea what that means – even after he tried to explain it. But I really like the way it sounds.

It may well become my standard answer to difficult questions:

Q. What will happen for the Houston economy in 2009?
A. Pigs will get fat, hogs will get slaughtered.

That's as good an answer as any other I've heard.

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