In my circles, I have to do a lot of eye rolling.
A friend mentioned a meme that has been going around:
“What if you woke up tomorrow and the only things you had
were those you thanked God for today?”
To which others responded, “Oh yes! How thought provoking!” And, “Oh my! I would have my family for sure, but nothing else!” “Powerful!” “Oh wow, something to think about.”
It is just completely and utterly dumbfounding to me that these people take a statement like this and internalize it as a negative reflection on their behavior and not on their god’s. I can’t hear talk like this without hearing a threat. Essentially, this statement says to me, “God is a capricious, egotistical narcissist who requires constant praise and adulation. Or else.”
It’s so odd, because the people making these statements are good people. But if I said to them that I wasn’t ever going to make them another batch of cupcakes unless they thanked
me profusely, and I wasn’t going to do one more thing for them until I was happy with their level of gratitude over my baking, and I behaved like this over and over, they would probably tolerate it for a while but would eventually stop all interaction with me. The double standard is simply not recognized.
I have a hard time doing anything more than eye rolling, because once I open my mouth to the absurdity of such a statement I become a pitbull. I get really loud and ugly and
my words vomit out all over them. I wish I could just make a witty and pointed
statement a la Christopher Hitchens.
The best I can do is remember to have gratitude for the accident of my birth. Not to any supreme gift giver, but just to life. It is right to be aware of the goodness that surrounds us, so to acknowledge that the privilege holds a certain responsibility to our planet and to our fellow humans.