It is interesting but this is survival at its best. I have read a lot of the posts here, some are uninteresting, many are anxious or depressed, others sound like they accepted a fate forced on them, quite a few are just happy to get paid for a decent job and pursue their interests outside of them, and some suggest having your main interest as a job could just ruin it. As was said earlier , there's no incredible activity which withstand the repetitivity of daily work, done for hours, even more so if money is involved. I agree on part of what you said on religion, I'm not sure how many of them don't really believe into it. I would say extremists are the ones who are trying to convince themselves more than the other ones, while at the same time others don't mind eating ham and having a beer every once in a while while still being muslims or whatever.