Good’s Blessings

I’ve noticed lately that the salutation at check out lines is no longer: Have a nice day!

Such words of good will—that is, if we say anything at all—have morphed into a sort of vague and noncommittal phrase that could cover lots of things, or nothing:

Have a good one . . . 

Have a good what? A good morning. A good day. A good year. A good beer. A good time. A good marriage. A good drive home. A good life.

I guess it is the ubersecular version of God Bless, though a very different sense of the concept of One. 

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