Er, you do get what I'm saying, right? When I go into the entire example of the difference between Ibrahim, who did not shove his religion down anyone's throat, and the group whose public prayer is making at least one member of their team uncomfortable? I did explain that fairly clearly, yes?Originally Posted by realityfan101
I understand arguing semantics for the sake of argument, but I'd like to assume that we all understand the bigger picture: the fact that Survivor is, above all, a social game, and any choice you take to make yourself a social outsider has game repercussions. This is not a microcosm of society as a whole. The question of whether Brian could or could not have said 'Hey, sorry, thanks, not going to pray' among a seven-person tribe in a Guatemalan jungle has absolutely no relation to the more general, real-world question of whether Brian could or could not have said the same thing in a restaurant in Manhattan.
I am not suggesting that the mealtime prayer was initiated for any sort of strategic reason -- but there is no question that Brian's participation in it is strictly strategic. if he does not participate, he brands himself as 'different,' 'outsider,' 'not One Of Us.' In short, think of that night's vote: it took effort to swing two Nakum away from Brian. If Brian had done something to alienate those two Nakum members -- offend them at dinner, perhaps? -- that vote could easily have gone a different way, and he might have been gone rather than Blake.
And my point is, it's a shame for someone to be put in that position over an expression of faith which should be private.