Hey Nicholas, Thanks for reading and for your thought-provoking comment.

That's a great point. And I think it lends some balance and tempers the idea put forward in my article.

However, I don't think the comparison is completely effective. As a former Christian pastor, I've seen people make religious sacrifices (if you will), for many different reasons--very few of which are only about eternal reward.

Although that might be what people say, they're really getting short-term benefits from the actions: a feeling of moral superiority, a sense of closeness to their higher power, acceptance from their community (or avoiding being shunned by their community).

And even with reference to eternity, I think many people who are conservative and traditionally religious (especially in christian traditions) and who are primarily focused on eternal consequences are often living out of fear--which is not just directed toward the distant future, but toward punishment today or tomorrow.

Again, great thought. It's given me a lot to think about.

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