We are all human beings. If you stop reading now, at least remember that.
Getting into the story…
This week, on Reddit’s atheism subreddit (section), a waitress of an Applebee’s in St. Louis uploaded a picture of a receipt she had received. On the receipt there is no tip. Moreover, there is a statement saying, “I give God 10%, why do you get 18?” Before you judge, let’s think. My initial reaction was that this “pastor” (who later apologized) was a total scumbag and just why someone would actually write that. After a little time to think about it, I don’t blame the pastor. Even though what she did was wrong, I think there is a bigger message here.
Follow me for a second…
In a perfect society, the waitress would not need to be tipped. Her cost of living would not be dependent upon the “generosity of others.” I mean that’s what tipping really is, isn’t it? This is where I actually believe the majority of humans are good people and why there has been so much uproar over this story. After all, tipping is optional. Most people tip because they know that the server is trying to make a living and it depends on them. So, here is a problem with the system.
As for the religion part of this issue? I love to talk religion and I’m prepared for the support or anger that might come from this, but here we go. I believe that, while she probably believes in God, she is the pastor of a church of about 15 people. She’s running a “tax shelter.” This is where I have a problem with giving God 10% of your money. It’s your church and it’s tax free. You’re giving that money to yourself. Tip your waitress. Another problem with the system.
That’s as far as I’m going with the faith topic. Let me tell you where I stand in case you are curious. I believe in a higher deity. I do not believe in organized religion. I always felt that choosing a religion means picking sides and that one side is right and all others are wrong. I have no idea who is right and who is wrong, so who am I to judge?
Here’s what I believe…
I believe in human beings. I believe in the good of people. As hard as that may be to decipher, I genuinely believe ALL people are good (or at least born good). The environment in which humans have created for ourselves is what makes us toxic. Money isn’t real. It’s an illusion. Government isn’t real. It’s an illusion. Work isn’t real. It’s an illusion.
People are real.
Animals are real.
Nature is real.
Regardless of your faith, shouldn’t that be the central focus? Shouldn’t what we do and the decisions we make be for the betterment of others? Isn’t that the ultimate goal of most religions?
Let’s figure out a way where people (who are real) don’t have to work these waitress jobs they don’t like.
Let’s figure out a way where people who don’t like “tipping” don’t have to.
Let’s figure out a way where people can be people.