Sometimes I think we atheists/agnostics put just a bit too much importance on some "religious" words.
Words like: Thankful, luck, blessed, amen.
I made a comment today that I was so lucky to get out of work in time to see the game.
A fellow nonbeliever seemed to get triggered over my word choice and went on and on and ON over there is no such thing as luck and that I sounded like a believer...blah, blah, blah.
After he exhausted himself talking, I asked him if he felt better and then told him, "Dude, you know me. You know I do not believe in the wooo hooo shit so you know it was just me saying I was glad to be able to leave. Next time you do something silly and I call you a son of a bitch, are you going to want to fight me for insulting your mom? No, because you can use common sense...most of the time."
He pouted in the corner with his beer the rest of the time I was there. insert eye roll
I see atheists do it all the time though. Someone says bless you and they get triggered. Someone says have a blessed day, they get triggered. Someone says they are thankful...triggered.
I wish I had so little things in my life to worry about that I could mount a crusade every time someone used a word I thought might be used as a "religious" word.
Bless all their little hearts.
I will admit to getting a little skitchy over the word "blessed" depending on the context, but it's certainly not worth pouting over. "Luck" has nothing to do with religion. Most religions are anti-luck. Everything happens for a reason and all that jazz.
In my opinion, luck plays a major roll in everyone's life. Luck is just a word to describe some phenomenon. It is just a random event the happens to be in your favor at any given time and bad luck not in your favor.
I never get my self in a stupor over what words someone chooses to use.
Half of those words, except for bless you and amen, are words that have meaning outside of religion. Luck is not mystical, in fact most religious people don't like the word since it implies that God was not involved. As for thankful, you can be thankful without a deity. I am thankful for the life I have had, for my family being healthy and happy, for the love I have shared, even the though they didn't work out long term. I am thankful for the experience.
LOL @ "insert eye roll" I agree with you. It is like certain words trigger an offense. The word luck doesn't have anything to do with a deity. I still say "bless you" when someone sneezes. And will continue to do so as long as I live. That doesn't change my thoughts on religion.
The idioms that I use in my adult life are merely thoughtless parts of my vocabulary. I use them to express emotion in a context most people can relate to, but are not meant to be literal.
For instance, Things like “Good God...”, and “I hope and pray that...” sound religious. However I never consider them to be. In my head it’s just more polite than saying Fuck all the time. LOL
We acquire certain phrases and sayings through what's best described as mimicry. They take on a mutually understood meaning regardless of the original context they come from. So 'thank god' is an inherited gesture meaning roughly 'I'm glad that' etc. There's no implied religious overtones in any such commonly used phrase. It's pointless trying to fight such usage, we'll all slip up eventually if the phrases are in our lingual repertoire. The only time when I'd think it was worth considering your choice of words is when speaking to someone with a very poor grasp of your language, or even using any method of translation. In this case the intended usage of the words is easily lost. This can also sometimes apply to different regional dialects of the same language. Sorry to go on about it, I love shit about language
Those kinds of people are why we as a group have a bad reputation. Their social skills are in the negatives. Right up there with the grammar police and people who laugh at every controversial joke at a comedy show but get offended when something hits home on them.
Crusade? You used the word 'crusade'. What the hell is wrong with you, man? You sound like some kind of believer twit or something. This here is an agnostic/atheist site by god. We don't use language like that around here. We is ... sophisticamated. By god, if I hear language like that around here again coming from you, you'll be wishing to Jeeezusss you hadn't. You could go to atheist hell for that.
I'm very particular about the words I use as words have meaning. I don't use words like miracle or say bless you when someone sneezes. Luck, however is separate from the theological words. As being fortunate because of circumstances can be logically understood. I replace the word god with deities when discussing the topic with my patients. I use the plural rather than the singular to make a distinct point.