This man went from doing heroin to running a multimillion dollar software business. Perhaps there are more important distinguishing factors than the religion he happens to share with 2.1 billion people, the majority of which do not start successful software companies.
"We had written all this software. The best was our warehouse and distribution package. I had been using it for years in my own stuff. We decided to try selling it. I thought it would be like the paint: I'd just go out there and introduce myself, distributors would pick it up, and I'd be home free. Well, I had a rude awakening. When those big boys are in there, they just stomp you. I realized I had to have a niche."
Risk rewarded. Takes guts to do that in your 40s.
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He's a closet engineer! He just needed some impetus.
1.) Men of chasing their dreams which passion don't lose.
2.) If they lose, they will hitback with a win sometime.
3.) These kind of stories remind me to keep trying even if I lose a dozen times trying to build a million dollar company(which I am still trying).
Senthil, thanks for sharing this.
My school would have been up in arms if all the self-righteous anti-junkfood moralizing busybodies around today took that away from us.
What you call "self righteous anti-junkfood moralizing busybodies", I call "taxpayers". They get to decide what's available in the public facilities they pay for, not you.
Ah, I had a feeling that I was a de facto prisoner while I was there. I wasn't aware that it was official.
For what it's worth, I'm a taxpayer too, and I support giving kids responsibility for their own lives and teaching them to make decisions for themselves. But then again, most people consider me a crazy whacko radical who's not worth listening too. Opinions such as "kids should learn responsibility" tend to get one shunned from polite company nowadays.
My parents are also taxpayers, and I'm pretty sure they didn't care if I drank Coke or not. In fact, the abusive bastards even bought me a soda and an ice cream every now and then. Gasp!
Yay for Christianity. It can help people.
Near-death experiences often have a profound effect on people's lives.
In absolute terms, sure, because there are lots of Christians and of course some of them will have a turn-around story.
But if you take the ratio of turn-around/number of Christians and compared that to other religions or atheists I'm not sure you'd get a very impressive number.
This is all because of confirmation bias again. It's easier to see the couple thousands of success stories attributed to a religion than the millions of failures we don't hear about.
I don't see why so many on this thread need to convince themselves that religion never helps people. It does. I've seen it. Does it help everyone? Probably not. Is it a net positive for society as a whole? I don't think so. However, it clearly and surely helps some people some of the time.
I don't have any numbers, just personal anecdotes, but I've sure seen people saved by religion who would otherwise probably be dead, and I'm a hardcore atheist radical.
I hear that if you're ever in prison you should join the church so you can get paroled faster.
Please, do not generalize around these parts about religion.
The reason I say my comment (and my view of the bible) is non-religious is that when one begins to study the bible in detail, he realizes that it is critical of all organized religion, even nominal Christianity.
I don't blame rw for lumping me in with the majority, but he did lump me in, which is generalizing.
I made no cross-cultural comparison, I merely suggested that the influence of one group was of great intensity.
Your refutation is kind of like me saying "peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are great!" and you saying "dude, how do you measure greatness? a bowl of french onion soup is better than that child's food -- it is served in restaurants."
You tried to change the argument about the value of the bible as a historical document into an argument about the relative technological achievements of different societies.
Dude, I'm pretty sure everyone was smelly back then.
The hijacking of morality by religious people can be pretty irritating.
If you disagree, post a source.
In my experience growing up in the uk (majority of people are not religeous), the majority DO have a good sense of what is right and wrong.
Example: "Don't kill your neighbor." Hey that makes sense, let's become Christian! And then later you read in the Bible that "if your neighbor does X or Y, KILL HIM WITHOUT MERCY!"
As for the problem of inconsistencies in the Bible, the usual response is that you need someone to sort it out for you... But what's the point of having a reference if a big part of it is bullshit and you need someone like a priest to sort it out for you? And then you lose your self-determination...
As for the arbitrary stuff, one good example would be "Don't work on Sundays", though I admit that's not a very popular one anymore. I think it's normal that everyone holds some arbitrary beliefs without good proof but it's appalling when a MASSIVE amount of people standardize on a common body of arbitrary beliefs and then collectively "refute" your rational objections (oftentimes by refering you to "authoritative" sources like the Bible, and then you can never win against "Bible lawyers").
It's not like any of our traditions are without flaws, and it's not like starting from scratch is better than modifying existing traditions, so be kind to Christians.