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I remember him kinda smiling and also thought it was odd....also I believe Scotty is played by Mike from Breaking Bad which it makes it even weirder because he'd definitely have a plan to get out of there before it hits. I hear you and it can be a touchy subject. My intention wasn't to condescend but rather I was trying to point out (in answer to the OP's question) that many beliefs exist simply because they were passed down from generation to generation and many people never actually stop to truly question the rationality of what they've been taught (I didn't seriously until I was well into my 20s). Yeah I do get how it could be read that way. Although in fairness it doesn't mean I'm wrong. I would never say "believing in God is ridiculous for us thinking folks". I know many intelligent people who balance a scientific view with a belief in god. Personally I'm agnostic and while I don't rule out the possibility of a higher power, I also don't think any organized religion has got it right. I assume the line from my post that may come off as the most condescending is <i>"it's not that uncommon for a belief chain to survive far longer than you'd think rational thought would allow."</i> But if you stop and think about it, am I actually wrong? I'm not trying to pick on Christianity but as someone who was raised Catholic and was an altar boy for several years it's the one I'm most familiar with. If you had a teenage daughter who came to you and said she was pregnant but was in fact a virgin and had been visited by an angel the night before who told her she was to give birth to the messiah, the rational part of you would tell you she was lying and you'd want to beat up whatever guy knocked her up. Yet I grew up not questioning this occurrence presented in a 2000 year old text. Likewise for stories about talking snakes convincing the first woman to eat an apple from a magical tree or a 900 year old man cramming 2 of every species onto a boat to ride out a world wide flood. Rational thought would tell us these things aren't true yet millions from generation to generation continue to believe them. This "condescending" line of thought isn't unique to atheists (or agnostics). Christians likely think Muslim and Buddhist beliefs irrational, who likely think Jewish beliefs irrational, who likely think Christian beliefs irrational (they all probably believe atheitsts to be irrational). All true believers of a particular religion must think those who believe in another to be irrational. We're all probably guilty of some form of this. Not really because: 1) Systems of belief are passed down from generation to generation so it's not that uncommon for a belief chain to survive far longer than you'd think rational thought would allow. 2) Society was slow to erase the stigma associated with atheism. The idea that atheism was somehow immoral, while not necessarily promoted, wasn't exactly disputed for far too long. Likewise few television shows and movies portrayed openly atheistic character. As a result, even many of those who would speak in defense of scientific theories would often avoid commenting on how or if those theories fit in with particular sets of religious beliefs. 3) Like all negatives, the existence of god can't be disproven and considering the great comfort (and for some, strength) that many people find in their belief in a higher power, it's understandable why so many choose to still believe. I don't fear it in the sense that I think it's impending but when I stop and think about the prospect of ceasing to exist, I fear and am saddened by it. And since this thread has caused me to stop and think about it, I really wish I hadn't seen it lol I managed to graduate from a state college debt free in 1997. I worked a part time job and my parents and I split my montly tuition payments. With what that same state school costs now compared to the cost of living wage increases for the jobs my parents and I had back then, I wouldn't have a prayer of graduating debt free today. Distractions like this nonsense about CNN don't take away from the fact that there is a criminal investigation by the SDNY into Rudy and people in this administration are starting to take the congressional subpoenas seriously. Trump is fucked. The Station Agent Those dirty bastards! I do get the impression with Gus it's more about the power than simply the money. The weirdest thing about Gus is that with the $10s (or $100s) of millions he must've made, I can't remember a single example of him actually enjoying any of that wealth. He spent his days playing the dutiful manager of Los Pollos Hermanos right down to putting on the ugly yellow shirt each day. We get no glimpse of his home life or him engaging in any kind of luxury or beautiful women (or men since we don't even know for certain he's heterosexual) that would come with such wealth. Of course we only see him when interacting with Walt, Mike or Jesse so our access to him is pretty limited but still he remains largely a mystery. View all replies >