The other day my friend accused me of "drinking the atheist Kool-Aid." It made me a bit angry. I don't consider myself following the prescriptions of someone else without questioning or doubting the things being prescribed. I don't think being an atheist will lead to my own lemming-esque suicide in the hope of moving on to a better place.
I became a little blustery, but caught myself and tried to explain why "drinking Kool-Aid" would make me angry. I have a lot of negative associations of the phrase, as illustrated above, all of which are contrary to what I actually believe. I believe in questioning authority, I don't think we should do what we're told simply for the hope of ultimate bliss.
My friend backed up a bit and said that we have different understandings of the "Kool-Aid" phrase. My friend's definition is closer to "actively participating in an interest despite its faults, but with no horrid outcome." My friend admitted to drinking "poetry Kool-Aid," actively being a poet, and ignoring the lack of real-world application of the art.
The difference in definition is subtle, but invoked a powerful and, admittedly, angry response from me. Ultimately, the interaction colored the way our discussions have been going sense. We're communicating much better now. Aces.