[ExI] atheists/religion

SR Ballard sen.otaku at gmail.com
Mon Aug 3 16:04:41 UTC 2020

When my grandpa dies, considering my uncle died last week, and someone tells me, “I feel so sorry for you.” I wouldn’t see that as patronizing. In the beforetimes it would probably be accompanied by a hug, which I don’t normally care for. 

Context makes it patronizing or not.

If someone comes to you and says something like, “I’m an athiest and very happy with my life”, then of course it is patronizing. But at the same time if someone says something like, “I don’t believe in God anymore, how am I going to live my life?” Well, that’s different and they probably want to be consoled.

SR Ballard

> On Aug 3, 2020, at 6:48 AM, John Clark via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 7:19 AM Dave Sill via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>>> >> I didn’t say anything negative about atheists. I said that I think they are sad, and therefore I feel sorry for them.
>> >That's patronizing.
> Regardless of the subject it's ALWAYS patronizing when somebody says "I feel so sorry for you", it's hypocritical too because hearing such a statement never makes anybody feel better, and it isn't said to express compassion it's said to express contempt.
>  John K Clark
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