Buying in

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An interviewer once asked a Nobel prize winner in physics about the horseshoe hanging on his office wall, implying a lucky horseshoe was a strange superstitious thing for the physicist to have. The physicist replied, “From what I understand, it works whether you believe in it or not.”

Are you “buying in” or mainly “being entertained by” an idea? It’s a question applicable to any concept.

But I’m familiar with Catholics and I was thinking about how you don’t know about the people you see in a Catholic church. Who’s bought in and who’s there essentially being entertained? I’ve talked to both practicing and recovering Catholics generally above a certain age, who find pleasure and comfort in being in the old style, larger, ornate Catholic churches – especially during a Latin mass if possible.

I guess in this case it’s the sense of theater and pomp the Catholic church has been so good at for so long. Or maybe it’s the Stockholm syndrome for the recovering Catholics or even that the devil you know is better than the one you don’t. Either way, there’re souls in the pews. And who knows, maybe it works whether you believe in it or not.