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Did I hear that right?

I was listening to NPR’s “All Things Considered” a few minutes ago, a piece on Louisiana hospitals, Ida, and COVID. At the end of the interview, the NPR reporter closed with “‘We’ll pray for you.”

I’ve never heard anyone on NPR close a story with anything resembling a religious remark. And I could have sworn there was a second’s pause while the host tried not to react.

Anyone else hear this? Find it at all unusual?


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**Mumbles a prayer to the Orcish gods**

A figure of speech, nothing more...


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Yours, or hers?


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We're a long ways from stamping out religion, and among practitioners, the offering of prayers is a heartfelt wish for the well-being of others.

For those needing the prayers is it often a small thing that gives them hope...that others are calling upon higher powers, such as they be, to lend whatever help they might.

But the question isn't really about religion...it's about whether it is appropriate for an NPR radio host to be offering them up over the airwaves.

As long as they don't get preachy or mention any gods in particular I'm alright with it on rare natural disaster occasions. Thoughts and prayers are always appreciated whether they do any good or not.

Congress members, on the other hand, have the power to offer up far more than thoughts and prayers but that's about anybody ever gets out of them.

Are you familiar with Reiki...?
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Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy

It's pretty obviously batshit quackery and it's pretty exactly the same strange principle that prayer and higher powers are based on. But it has been demonstrated to work so many times that the VA now offers to veterans.

I didn't believe in Reiki until I experienced it. I don't believe any of the hocus pocus bullsh*t. I am pagan. I worship a rock and I expect it to do what large rocks do. Reiki is a head rush like no other!

Now, here's an odd story that happened a few months ago....I was walking my dog downtown, in my power chair, when a met a young man with a spring in his step and a smile on his face. The Bible under his arm informed me that this kid was high as f*ck on Jesus.

Now I reckon me in my wheelchair with my ancient hound dog are a pretty pathetic sight. Somebody that looks like they need all the prayers they can get. And so he approached me.

He introduced himself and offered to pray over me...Knowing it would make his day better and his smile even wider I let him. I'm that kinda guy, y'know...?

He held his Bible in one hand and put his other hand on my shoulder, and he began to pray! Loudly and with passion.

And then I felt it...Reiki

Almost like an electric shock. I can see how another man might be fooled by those shenanigans.

Anyway, Reiki can be done from a distance and anonymously, thoughts and prayers might actually work. In practice, it is nothing more than genuinely wishing for the well-being of someone. Nothing mystical about it, perhaps a not yet understood connection between humans...we might act like we know everything but there is much yet to learn.


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Religious belief in "another place" when one dies is a comfort for many and harms nobody (for the most part). All the rest doesn't matter as that's the big draw (for a LOT of people!)

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That NPR reporter probably should have said: "I'll pray for you." Instead of "we". That made it sound as if NPR is some sort of religious organization, which it's not. Maybe the "we" he was referring to was him and his spouse? His prayer circle?


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Ah yes, That Great By and By. It's a wonderful fantasy and you can't blame anybody for clinging to it.

And I think it's possible to believe it on the one hand while knowing full well it's nonsense on the other.


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Originally Posted by pondering_it_all
That NPR reporter probably should have said: "I'll pray for you." Instead of "we". That made it sound as if NPR is some sort of religious organization, which it's not. Maybe the "we" he was referring to was him and his spouse? His prayer circle?

She may have said “we” or “I” - I was so gobsmacked by the second half of the sentence that 8 wasn’t paying much attention to the first.

jgw- harms nobody? Probably true, unless you count aggravation as harm. I ha$ a tough time getting through my father’s funeral because he was a nonbeliever and no one was willing to leave it at that. My favorite aunt’s funeral was also difficult; she was a lifelong member of the Church of the Blond-haired blue-eyed Jesus holding a lamb.

I try very hard not to thrust my atheism on anyone, and I wish others would keep their beliefs to themselves as well - especially when those beliefs are stated in a way that demands polite agreement.

Grrr. I’m sorry. I spent the afternoon with someone very dear to me. She has Alzheimer’s. I realized on the way home that the only use I could have for God is as a target for my anger.


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(Well, heck, it’s called “rant” for a reason, innit?!)


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Originally Posted by Greger
Are you familiar with Reiki...?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.

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All I can say is, no matter how crappy I feel, if she hugs me and runs her hands all over my back, I feel the life force soothing me from head to toe.

Get your minds out of the gutter, I said I wasn't talking about sexual stuff! LOL

I'm serious here, I really mean it, Karen gives good reiki.


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