November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving: A different point of view

If, like me, you're both secular and progressive, you'll totally agree with this take. If you're "just" secular or "just" progressive, you likely will.

I'm grateful for freedom of speech (to the degree it still exists) about at the top of non-material thanks, along with having the intellect to use freedom of speech well.

And, I'm grateful to know that one can be grateful without being grateful TO any divinity.

So, what are you grateful for?


Sheldon said...

I don't know, being an atheist and progressive, I have never attributed those negative things necessarily to Thanksgiving. Instead I just see the holiday as basically a harvest time feast and time to get together with friends and family.

I am thankful for having a job I enjoy in a place I enjoy being at. And thankful for a charming son. And thankful for the recent uprising of the Occupy movement and what I hope is a left-ward shift in this countries political climate.

Gadfly said...

Oh, I agree about other things for which to be thankful. And, Thanksgiving doesn't have to have a religious component. But, it often does ...

That said, tis true that there are harvest festivals in the past that, while religious, aren't associated with a monotheistic head honcho.