I’m sure she’s trying to be nice, but that’s not much comfort to an atheist, surely? I’m an agnostic and I don’t find it very comforting.
“You played the hand you were dealt” is the more secular/neutral form of the expression. The amount of comfort you take from it probably depends on how comforting you find Stoicism as a philosophy.
Either way, I’d say it’s more comforting than “Well, you had your whole life to improve your knowledge in a useful manner, but you have utterly failed to do so. You and your brother probably each deserve the respective amounts of prestige you have received!”
I guess I have an issue with stoicism then. The secular translation you provided (and really I was being pedantic more to amuse myself, I could have changed a word or two myself) still isn’t all that comforting. In fact, it positively enrages me when I lose at poker.
…we’re going to find out they have squid cats or some shit down in the Hollow Earth, arent we?
Real science is so unimaginative.
…it’s like the old expression, Telling an atheist that God will punish him/her is like telling any other adult that Santa Claus won’t be giving them presents this year.
She doesn’t get it.
Ummm… she’s not saying God will punish him. She’s saying he did the best he could with the abilities he has. Whether those abilities are God-given or the result of random variables that determined his background and genome is a secondary concern, and the saying works either way.
Being unable to translate a sentiment from a religious to a secular context is less “atheist” than “incapable of abstract thought.”
Squid cats are going to be the next Internet MEME!
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