Fake Greetings

“Hey, how’s it going?”
“Good. How are you?”
“Good.”

We’ve all been part of this opening dialogue thousands of times in our lives. We all say things are going “good” and we are lying.

Or are we? I have found an example of this in the Bible that would seem to give sanction to our inane greetings as not so much lies but rather formalities. Allow me to paraphrase:
From 2 Kings 4:26-28

Elisha’s servant: Hey, how’s it going?
Shunammite woman: Fine.
Elisha’s servant: How’s the husband?
Shunammite woman: Fine.
Elisha’s servant: How’s the kid?
Shunammite woman: Fine.
Elisha’s servant: Good, good. Here’s Elisha, you wanted to speak to him.
Shunammite: Hey, prophet of God! Why is my son dead?

That is so weird! Why answer “It is well” when your son just died? See, biblical sanction for inane greetings.

Go ahead and lie, no one wants to hear your problems anyway.

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