Does anyone still use “Oh please let me ...” in thought when you want something good to happen?
... win the lottery
... meet someone I connect with
... find inner peace
Is it old “praying” for it programming? Saying it is a positive mantra that may or may not produce results? Who else still does this? Who are we asking?
Well, I usually ask myself such questions like, "where are my keys," "where did i put that spanner I need right now," etc, etc, and since talking to myself at such times is about as useful as praying I never get an answer anyway.
Then I usually remember the FIRST rule of finding lost objects, THEY WILL always be found in the LAST place you look.
i type omg. i may say to the recalcitrant toilet, "come on, flush!" even though it can no more hear me than a god can. (at leaat rhe toilwt exists.) it no more indicatea superstition or religion than my saying "oh, shit!" is an invocation of defecation or "oh, fuck" is an invitation to copulate. language and choice of language are important but we also need to be able to express our feelings without being afraid of sounding, even to ourselves, as if we believe in unicorns. i don't feel more relgious (or hypocritical) after typing omg and i can't imagine my doing so influences anyone in that direction either. it is a curious phenomenon but i'm not worried about it.
p.s.i have never been a christian in my life but in moments of extreme annoyance i make say "jesus h fucking christ." i think it's just a satisfying sound -- again, not an invocation
I have to stop myself from saying, "Thank god" when something good happens. It isn't because there is even a vestige of god belief left in me, but out of habit and saying it for decades. Even when I was a practicing Xtian, it was not so much a expression of thanks, but a figure of speech. I will, however, say it sarcastically when something goes right that I expected to go wrong or the lawnmower starts on the first pull after a winter of not being used.
Maybe you are trying to get in touch with your "inner" god: yourself.
Hopes and wishes for good outcomes can be characterized as prayers without asking an almighty being for help. I have not prayed to god for anything, really. But I do put stock in visualizing what I want. It helps me to make choices that lead me where I want to be. Of course, lottery tickets are not included, because no being, internal or otherwise, has the power to affect those outcomes. But when I’ve wanted to change jobs or careers, or find a girlfriend, or get rid of anxiety, I visualize the ways to put myself in situations that improve my opportunities to attain my goals.
Nope. First time I hear about that expression. Please, bear in mind that English is my second language. In Portuguese, we have the expression "ser bafejado pela sorte", literal translation would be "to be breathed onto by luck". There's a Portuguese soccer manager (football for us Europeans) that says "ser bocejado pela sorte" which means "to be yawned onto by luck"...
Yes, it most likely is indoctrination. Many have fallen for this old cult tactic. This cult practice has been around for a very long time.
To save time just use the word Abracadabra:
Abracadabra is of unknown origin, and its first occurrence is in the second century works of Serenus Sammonicus, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Several folk etymologies are associated with the word: from phrases in Hebrew that mean "I will create as I speak", or Aramaic "I create like the word" (אברא כדברא), to folk etymologies that point to similar words in Latin and Greek such as abraxas. According to the OED Online, "no documentation has been found to support any of the various conjectures."
Abracadabra written in a triangular form as represented in Encyclopædia Britannica
The first known mention of the word was in the second century AD in a book called Liber Medicinalis (sometimes known as De Medicina Praecepta Saluberrima) by Serenus Sammonicus, physician to the Roman emperor Caracalla, who in chapter 51 prescribed that malaria sufferers wear an amulet containing the word written in the form of a triangle.
The power of the amulet, he claimed, makes lethal diseases go away. Other Roman emperors, including Geta and Severus Alexander, were followers of the medical teachings of Serenus Sammonicus and may have used the incantation as well.
It was used as a magical formula by the Gnostics of the sect of Basilides in invoking the aid of beneficent spirits against disease and misfortune. It is found on Abraxas stones, which were worn as amulets. Subsequently, its use spread beyond the Gnostics.
The Puritan minister Increase Mather dismissed the word as bereft of power. Daniel Defoe also wrote dismissively about Londoners who posted the word on their doorways to ward off sickness during the Great Plague of London.
The word is now commonly used as an incantation in the performance of magic. - Wikipedia
The Bible is filled with this kind of nonsense:
And God said: Genesis 1:1-26
I thought about this yesterday! I am currently celebrating my granddaughter’s 18th birthday at a beach house for four days.
she is a loving wonderful person. Had that certain “something” since the day she started engaging with her world as a baby.
As I watched her having fun as we walked on the beach with her friends, finding special rocks and artifacts, I caught myself “praying,” to whatever is in charge of these things, that she and all my grandkids and their moms will always be safe; that no harm will come to them, ever. I realized this prayer had no real power but I suppose it’s just human nature to have hopes.
This says so much about the structure of society and why we have to change it. Through the ages , the power of Kings, Queens,Princes , Chiefs, priests, heads of government,heads of families and learned people have all been so powerful. The first pieces of education that every child receives in some form was ' How to thank your benefactor ' . It was a sign of their power and your ability to submit. It can only be changed by vastly increasing equality in society. That actually could be socialism or just a realization that we all have something to contribute to our society and no one is more worthy of riches or praise than any other - with exceptions for heroes and breakthrough social transformers.
I have to agree that I sometimes use the phrase "thank god." It means nothing to me really but again I'm the guy who never can believe that all these people are "praying for you" even as they say it. We get conditioned into this just by living in our society. Back when Pat Robertson had interest in African diamond mines I'm told he prayed over it and tried to make bargains with his god that he deserved it, etc. Very pathetic. Going back into that last mega Powerball win, I dreamed the winning numbers coming to me on the Starship Enterprise. I played those numbers too. Since then I have stopped playing the lottery for a while.