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Thoughts and Prayers

Thoughts and Prayers

I understand diverse political opinion and even polarization. (I don’t like it, but I understand it.) But I’m having a real problem with contempt.

A great many people indicate sympathy (or even a frustration in being unable to be of more tangible help) in offering “thoughts and prayers.” It’s a harmless gesture, like saying “God Bless You” when someone sneezes (unless such a religious reference sends you into a paroxysm of disability because of the need to forbid religion in public life).

I’m not claiming that thoughts and prayers are a substitute for the potential of real action not taken. But I am saying that to belittle those who offer them is simply mean spirited, beyond even the normal toxicity of polarization.

If you find it so awful to hear of people who are genuinely offering the only thing they believe they can give in terms of help, well, I can only offer you my thoughts and prayers.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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