Thankyou very much for your thoughtful replies.path_of_one said:Welcome!
Worship/prayer/meditation is for me: first, a celebration (literally, sometimes with music and dance) of God/the Divine and life. Secondly, it is a time for introspection, to honestly assess myself and my thoughts and feelings, to be still and try to listen to my inner voice about things that concern me. Thirdly, it is a time to gain rest and energy
Many Druids, for example, have peace rituals about once a month, in which we meditate on and visualize peace. Many Christians pray for people and events all over the world, asking God to intercede. Perhaps you don't believe such things matter, but many of us firmly believe that positive thought and/or appealing to the Divine matter.
Worship I acknowledge has a place. The issue is the amount of time expended in such a process. Some religious people worship several times per day. If they were truly spiritual they would of course see that this time spent on 'self' might be better given over to truly needy people / enviromental causes & tasks. Worship at the end of the day gives the user pleasure so however you cut it, is essentially self indulgent and delivers to the user pleasure as a final outcome in one guise or another.
Nothing wrong with pleasure but there is something very wrong with people that dont 'put themselves out' and give real time and effort to aid other people, or in my case other species.