I think you've that backwards, Munch. Wishing on a magic lamp is an advanced form of prayer.
ah true ^^, at least a sexy genie comes from a lamp.
I really do pity people who can't find any worth in life without a religion as their crutch to stand up on, that they can't conceive of morality or empathy without being convinced they wouldn't have those things without god or allah or whatever else.
I wasn't raised with any connection to religion, and yet I have love, empathy for others, morals, standards, appreciation of the little things and big things, and all that came from just living it, being around people who appreciated it to, all who have never once spoken words of faith to me, just people who enjoy the good stuff in life.
If religion disappeared tomorrow, the world would be no different to people like us lot here, but to a faith follower, they would struggle with reality. They would have to adapt to understand the world around them, like how a child adapts to understand there is no father christmas.
Yet I've seen children deal with that sobering fact far better then adults do to the truth of religion.