So this hurricane brings this question to mind. How do you provide comfort and concern. I can't pray for them. "Thinking good thoughts" is hollow. Suggestions?
I have never had a religion and still have never had any difficulty in letting people know that I am concerned for their welfare and safety. People who say they will pray for you should instead say they hope you will be safe and that the hurricane will pass through without too much damage. If god sends hurricanes in the first place then why would anyone pray to the same god to deliver them safely from it. Makes no sense does it?
"We don't need this!" South Carolina residents complain about the latest hurricane.
What they need is to vote for Democrats who agree that climate change (global warming) is real and happening NOW. And act to stop climate change.
Thirty years ago, we knew climate change will create: mega-hurricanes, monster tornadoes, catastrophic flooding, massive wildfires, prolonged drought, increased temperatures, melting glaciers, super-storms, world-wide human migration, animal extinctions and starvation.
"Climate change is a Chinese hoax," Trump stupidly said. Republicans are in the pocket of oil and coal producers.
Vote Republicans out of office! Midterm elections are November 6, 2018.
Be practical in advice and frank in your comments.
Also clearly and sincerely state your concerns for the individual along with your appreciation of them as individuals. Do this without condescension and you should come up with a possibly helpful and genuine statement of human care.
Ask if there is anything practical you can do. A list of emergency numbers to call just in case, money you can send, phone calls checking in through out the ordeal. I find practical suggestions to show both concern and a willingness to actually do something other than the hollowness of prayers.
You could Google “Hurricane Michael relief” or something like that. As another member already commented, organizations like the Red Cross will be there on the ground, and there should be opportunities to donate monetarily, or in-kind with canned food, blankets, pet food for people’s animals ... I’ve heard that for the larger organizations that already have the infrastructure and experience, stuff is less valuable than the money to pay for stuff. Good on you for caring!
You just stumbled into a great feature of being an atheist. By not having the god crutch, you now can offer genuine, sincere, and personal words to your friends. They may not care why, but they'll know they have a real, non-imaginary person who really cares about them. That's pretty damn cool.
I usually say "I'll be thinking about you." If the person chooses to interpret that as prayer, fine. But to me it means I will contact them later to see how they are holding up, if I can help, etc.
Unless it's my dad. Because apparently, WHEN I CALL THE CRANKY OLD COOT TO SEE IF HE'S HAVING ANY DAMAGE FROM THE HURRICANE HE THINKS ITS COOL TO SNAP AT ME. And how hard is it to put the fucking storm shutters on the house, cuz they're not helping in the garage??
Not bitter. Just reporting the news.