Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
Far from the earth and its problems, far from the cold, from the wind, from her weary body, she was floating in a bath of innocence, and innocence can be every bit as exhilarating as voluptuousness.
If you have suffered a tragedy and someone says, “you’re in my prayers” with sincerity, and you respond with some egotistical shit about being atheist you are an emotionally inept moron.
For real though like think about it. If someone is religious, there’s really no kinder sentiment they can express than appealing to the highest power they know for your recovery. Whether or not you think it “works” is irrelevant— the kindness is absolutely real.
This puts me in a situation, where I don’t know whether I should feel like an asshole, as I know I said to someone “Thank you very much, but I don’t believe in God”, but I don’t remember if it was a response to someone saying they’re gonna pray for me, or if they told me that going to church might make me feel better.
In both cases, I am very sorry, I know you really meant well and you cared, I truly was an emotionally inept kid, and I thank you for the care and support.