Until recently, I have not thought much about how pervasive religion is in today's society, and in my own life.
Every moment we are inundated with religious symbols, words and ideas.. and most of us never even notice. I think of how many times I refer to a religious symbol or deity during a day without thinking about it.
A week ago, I finally saw a coworkers new baby. This is the general gist of what we said to each other.
Me: Oh Jamie, your little girl is so cute! How old is she now?
Jamie: She is just three months, she sleeps through the night already!
Me: Thank goodness for that! - (not a direct reference, but still!)
Jamie: Yeah, I keep praying she will stay this sweet and easygoing.
Me: She looks like a little angel sleeping there.
Me: Oh hell.. I have to get going, I have an appointment I need to get to.. take care and see you later!
Between the two of us.. 4 religious references in less than a minute!
Then I began to realize that there are many things I have done that are quite hypocritical.. for example: I was a witness in a court case. When I was called to the stand to be questioned, the bailiff had me place my hand on a bible and swear to tell the truth! How can I possibly swear to tell the truth when I don't believe in God and I think the Bible is a huge book of fiction/fairy tales? It would have meant more to swear on a Thesaurus!
When I began my nursing career, we all had to recite the Florence Nightingale oath which makes a religious reference.
I often say is "Jesus H Christ in a choir gown!" when I am frustrated.. I always thought it sounded better than "For Fuck's sake!", but now I'm not sure.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for me, and I know it.
So, what do you think.. am I a hypocrite? Does anyone else here feel this way?
How hard do you think I should try to keep this in check?