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#1 Brian72

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Posted 25 January 2023 - 07:26 PM

This is stupid, I don’t get it or reciprocate when someone else sneezes. Why do people do this? As someone who is Atheist/Satanist how should I even react to this when people say this? Now, I always give a polite “thank you” but then roll my eyes.

I know I’m not alone here..

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Posted 25 January 2023 - 07:30 PM

Couldn’t a satanist say bless you? Aren’t there satanist blessings?? For the most part I think it’s just people being polite, I’ve heard it from folks that are very far from church goin people.

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Posted 25 January 2023 - 07:32 PM

I sneeze very loudly. I had a neighbor once yell bless you from across the street (nice day, windows open). I also had a colleague call my office to say bless you from the other end of the building. I can certainly understand thinking some sort of soul-rending event might have occurred. I've pulled intercostal muscles from sneezing, before.

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Posted 25 January 2023 - 07:34 PM

Couldn’t a satanist say bless you? Aren’t there satanist blessings?? For the most part I think it’s just people being polite, I’ve heard it from folks that are very far from church goin people.


I mean, I guess it’s all just context.

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Posted 25 January 2023 - 07:36 PM

I’ve never had someone say it to me in a religious context unless I was at church or something, hell I don’t say it to them either, I’ve always found it a little weird but it doesn’t offend me so I just take it as manners and let it slide

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Posted 25 January 2023 - 07:39 PM

In the age of covid when someone sneezes you should bless yourself



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Posted 25 January 2023 - 07:43 PM

To be fair though this isn’t something I picked up as an adult. Even as a young kid I thought it was a dumb thing to say. Like, where did it even come from?

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Posted 25 January 2023 - 07:50 PM

Seems polite. I'm not religious though.

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Posted 25 January 2023 - 07:54 PM

Seems polite. I'm not religious though.


This.

But I'm someone who has manners. If my dog sneezes I even say bless you.

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Posted 25 January 2023 - 08:00 PM

It's a polite thing, and my wife always says it. I don't, as even as an etiquette thing it seems silly to me. I think it slightly bugs her I don't say it when she sneezes. :)

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Posted 25 January 2023 - 08:03 PM

To be fair though this isn’t something I picked up as an adult. Even as a young kid I thought it was a dumb thing to say. Like, where did it even come from?

same

I had it explained once that when you sneeze your heart stops for a brief moment (no idea if true, never cared) so the religious types would say bless you cuz you died or some shit. We’ll that’s the explanation I heard

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Posted 25 January 2023 - 08:08 PM

It's a courtesy thing. I'm not religious so like to say gesundheit.
Followed by " hey, you got some snot on your shirt".

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Posted 26 January 2023 - 04:09 AM

lol, true story: when someone says "bless you" after I sneeze i respond with, "Can't be blessed."

 

SO, occasionally i get to hear "can't be blessed" instead of "bless you."

 

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Posted 26 January 2023 - 04:39 AM

It just reinforces the Judie/Christian patriarchy maaaaaan

Just say salud

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Posted 26 January 2023 - 05:11 AM

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Posted 26 January 2023 - 05:39 AM

I sneeze very loudly. I had a neighbor once yell bless you from across the street (nice day, windows open). I also had a colleague call my office to say bless you from the other end of the building. I can certainly understand thinking some sort of soul-rending event might have occurred. I've pulled intercostal muscles from sneezing, before.

This, exactly. Like, I think your neighbor even heard me.

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Posted 26 January 2023 - 05:53 AM

I sneeze very loudly. I had a neighbor once yell bless you from across the street (nice day, windows open). I also had a colleague call my office to say bless you from the other end of the building. I can certainly understand thinking some sort of soul-rending event might have occurred. I've pulled intercostal muscles from sneezing, before.

 

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Posted 26 January 2023 - 06:02 AM

same

I had it explained once that when you sneeze your heart stops for a brief moment (no idea if true, never cared) so the religious types would say bless you cuz you died or some shit. We’ll that’s the explanation I heard


I've heard this also. I had also heard that very long ago, it was believed that on the first breath after sneezing, you breathed in evil spirits, so blessing you would prevent that.

That said, I'm totally with you Brian. It makes no sense.

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Posted 26 January 2023 - 06:06 AM

same

I had it explained once that when you sneeze your heart stops for a brief moment (no idea if true, never cared) so the religious types would say bless you cuz you died or some shit. We’ll that’s the explanation I heard

 

dude



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Posted 26 January 2023 - 06:10 AM

dude


https://uamshealth.c...hen-you-sneeze/


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