Every week after I attend a church service I tend to have an extra measure of depression. I’m not sure if it’s beamed directly from God or it’s something more mundane. This time it was a Catholic church where we were ignored and they spent 12 minutes asking for money. Their economic model is such that there is very little extra outlay for each additional attending member so what they should be doing is reaching out to the community. Even if the people they get give little or no money to the roles they won’t have lost anything. People tend to view every economic model like your relationship to the government (where you are either a net gain paying more taxes then you take or a net drain taking more). They extrapolate this on situations where the economic model doesn’t work this way (like at a church) and do a lot of harm. Just because you are a net drain on society doesn’t mean you are a net drain to the church but people generally don’t do the math in their heads to get this.