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What Should I Do During Church?

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Evo
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Jan16-13, 01:01 PM
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I would suggest you run a quick calculation and see how much you are being paid per hour.

And then suck it up, do your job, and pray as you are being paid to do.
Paid? Can you explain what you meant? He's in Catholic school.
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Jan16-13, 01:27 PM
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Deface a Bible that I'm assuming you own, by cutting out a smartphone-sized hole within the text. Then, place your phone into the hole, and read PF (or something else of equivalent value) while in church.

Just make sure you aren't sitting too close to someone who might be able to see what you're up to.
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Paid? Can you explain what you meant? He's in Catholic school.
How much he's saving in tuition compared to a non-religious private school.

Or the monetary benefit of his current education vs a free education at a public school (which would probably be a lot harder to compute).
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The reason that I absolutely must go to church is because tuition is reduced if you are a Catholic. However, my priest has to sign a letter saying I go to Church. And no, I can't change schools, or rather I wont change schools, because the only private schools around (that don't have a +$10 000 a year tuition) are catholic. And yes, I have to go to an independent school because the public schools in my area aren't very good and the teachers go on strike ever second week...
I hear confession is good for the soul, but this sounds rather like publicly confessing to obtaining services by deception? What would you say the ethical thing to do is?
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Jan17-13, 08:22 AM
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I hear confession is good for the soul, but this sounds rather like publicly confessing to obtaining services by deception? What would you say the ethical thing to do is?
In this context I don't think Jow is in the wrong. A minor deception that will give him a better start in life because he gets into the best school. The benefit far outweighs the harm.
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In this context I don't think Jow is in the wrong. A minor deception that will give him a better start in life because he gets into the best school. The benefit far outweighs the harm.
What harm is/was done and how do you know? Who do think harm is/was done to? How do you know? What if his place was obtained at the expense of another child, but a devout one, or a child from a poorer family with less chance of advancing their financial situation? What moral and legal messages are you sending Jow and others by condoning fraud? How do you know what the actual benefit will be to Jow or the Total Benefit attributable to this deception?
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Jan17-13, 09:28 AM
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What harm is/was done and how do you know? Who do think harm is/was done to? How do you know? What if his place was obtained at the expense of another child, but a devout one, or a child from a poorer family with less chance of advancing their financial situation? What moral and legal messages are you sending Jow and others by condoning fraud? How do you know what the actual benefit will be to Jow or the Total Benefit attributable to this deception?
I recommend you reread Jow's posts so you have a better understanding of the school he goes to. Your hostility is entirely unjustifiable and unrealistic.
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What harm is/was done and how do you know? Who do think harm is/was done to? How do you know? What if his place was obtained at the expense of another child, but a devout one, or a child from a poorer family with less chance of advancing their financial situation? What moral and legal messages are you sending Jow and others by condoning fraud? How do you know what the actual benefit will be to Jow or the Total Benefit attributable to this deception?
or a child from a richer family?
Do you see any reason to couple religiosity to the costs of education?

There are some puzzles (mathematics and related) which can solved without pen and paper.
Or try to calculate something in your head, unless you think this is even more boring.
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In this context I don't think Jow is in the wrong. A minor deception that will give him a better start in life because he gets into the best school. The benefit far outweighs the harm.
Cleary Jow is not in the wrong, if he's still legally under parental control. Whether his parents are in the wrong either legally or morally are two different questions.

I expect faking demonaical possession would soon get Jow out of attending the services - though the alternatives might be worse
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Jan17-13, 01:14 PM
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What harm is/was done and how do you know? Who do think harm is/was done to?
The only "harm" I see is that the church is potentially missing out on preaching to the choir. You could however argue that it had a chance of making a convert so swings and roundabouts.
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How do you know?
Obviously I can't know for sure but I'm standing by my conclusion on the basis of what I know.
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What if his place was obtained at the expense of another child, but a devout one, or a child from a poorer family with less chance of advancing their financial situation?
Firstly whether or not he obtained it at the expense of a child in a worse financial situation is irrelevant to his religious beliefs or lack there of. Secondly I don't see any real harm in him getting in ahead of a religious child.
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What moral and legal messages are you sending Jow and others by condoning fraud?
I think you're confusing conclusions on specific cases with statements of the action generally. I'm not arguing that deception is always ok but I don't see anything wrong with it in this case.
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How do you know what the actual benefit will be to Jow or the Total Benefit attributable to this deception?
Obviously I can't know for sure but if this is the best school he can afford then the benefit is that he is getting the best education available to him. I fail to see any disadvantages.
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Jan17-13, 03:40 PM
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I hear confession is good for the soul, but this sounds rather like publicly confessing to obtaining services by deception? What would you say the ethical thing to do is?
He's not obtaining anything by deception, HE'S ROMAN CATHOLIC!

His opening sentence in his first post.

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I am a Roman Catholic
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or a child from a richer family?
Do you see any reason to couple religiosity to the costs of education?
I'm not quite sure an outsider's view of the value or fairness of rewarding one group over another is really relevant. It's the school/church handing out the discounts/money and their criteria should be their decision alone.

Similarly, a shop owner charging too high prices doesn't give a person to shoplift from the price gouging owner's store.
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When you're in church play the part. No need to be rude. Make it fun and interesting, you may learn something.

"Praise, Jesus!" "I'm having a revelation!"
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Jan17-13, 07:23 PM
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Once again, he didn't steal anyone's place at a catholic school, he's CATHOLIC.
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Jan18-13, 04:06 AM
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I'm not quite sure an outsider's view of the value or fairness of rewarding one group over another is really relevant. It's the school/church handing out the discounts/money and their criteria should be their decision alone.

Similarly, a shop owner charging too high prices doesn't give a person to shoplift from the price gouging owner's store.
I don't buy this compassion. It's not akin to stealing from a shop, it's akin to buying something from a shopkeeper who will only sell to football fans which you pretend to be. All actions should be waited against their reward and harm and I don't see the harm in this one.
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Jan18-13, 04:16 AM
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I recommend you reread Jow's posts ...
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I am a Roman Catholic and for various reasons I must go to church at least a couple of times a month. Even the most devout get bored in church and I, not being a religious person, get extremely bored. Can you think of anything I could do during church that wont look like I am doing anything. One thing I already do is practice my mandarin in my head (but that is a tad difficult because if I forget a word I can't look through my textbook). I also make fun of things said by the priest, but after a while that gets pretty boring as his homilies tend to be about similar things. Any suggestions would be great, thanks :)
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I don't have a choice, I must go to church (I go to a Catholic School and I must keep up appearances).
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The reason that I absolutely must go to church is because tuition is reduced if you are a Catholic. However, my priest has to sign a letter saying I go to Church. And no, I can't change schools, or rather I wont change schools, because the only private schools around (that don't have a +$10 000 a year tuition) are catholic. And yes, I have to go to an independent school because the public schools in my area aren't very good and the teachers go on strike ever second week...
Done. My analysis is that Jow's school is an educational establishment run by the Roman Catholic Church that provides a better quality education than his local public schools at a price that is lower than the local non-Catholic independent schools. Reduced tuition fees at the school are available to members of the Roman Catholic Church and such membership must be validated, eg by a priest confirming the scholar regularly attends Church.
... so you have a better understanding of the school he goes to.
My understanding is no different from the first time I read his posts. Could you please rephrase his posts in such a way that I can gain the "better" understanding of his school that you refer to?

Your hostility is entirely unjustifiable and unrealistic.
What hostility? Why would such putative hostility be unjustifiable and why would it be unrealistic?
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Jan18-13, 04:28 AM
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He's not obtaining anything by deception, HE'S ROMAN CATHOLIC!

His opening sentence in his first post.
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I am a Roman Catholic and for various reasons I must go to church at least a couple of times a month. Even the most devout get bored in church and I, not being a religious person, get extremely bored. ...
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Don't worry, after 11.5 years of Catholic school, my knowledge of the good book and Catholic theology is formidable, though, I haven't found a good use for it, other than being able to anticipate the arguments made by Christians.
Jow then claims to be non-religious which falsifies his claim to be a Roman Catholic; this view is supported by his lack of identification with "Christians" in the second quote and by the general tenor of his comments.

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Once again, he didn't steal anyone's place at a catholic school, he's CATHOLIC.
The facts as presented do support an argument that Jow necessarily stole somebody's place, nor gained a place by deception, but they do support a view that he is practising deception by obtaining educational services at reduced cost by pretending to be religious.
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Jan18-13, 04:50 AM
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I don't buy this compassion. It's not akin to stealing from a shop, it's akin to buying something from a shopkeeper who will only sell to football fans which you pretend to be.
No it's not. It is nearer to obtaining a fan discount from the shopkeeper, which discount comes from the shopkeeper's income, and for an attractive item that is in limited supply.
All actions should be waited against their reward and harm and I don't see the harm in this one.
You have already shown that you do not know the overall rewards and harm. The Church has invested in a person from whom they can expect no future organizational contribution (you would need to ask the question of the Church to determine what, if any, harm they believe they have suffered). Jow has learned that it's OK to deceive people if it gets you what you want. Furthermore, in these days where one has to be careful what one writes on the internet, then a putative employer who does an internet search on Jow, and finds this out, may decided that his ethics are not of the standard that they require (or they may decide he's just what they're looking for ...).


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