Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is one of the most quintessentially American holidays, marked by excess, overeating, torpor and American football. I rate it second only to the Fourth of July, on which we blow shit up and feast on grilled meat and drink beer while doing the above. Today, to my knowledge, the USA is the only nation for which this is a national holiday (a leadup to the consumer late-capitalist coke-opioids-and-red bull-fueled mania that comes tomorrow, but that’s a different topic for a different time.) However wildly inaccurate and offensive to native peoples the narrative passed on to many Americans, “Thanksgiving” does retain a patina of straightforward wisdom, once the excess is put to the side.

Thanksgiving as a concept — not as a parade, or a Roman paean to debauchery or a day off work (rare those have become) — retains power if one considers it as a principle, to be contemplated and acted upon in daily life. Be thankful. Appreciate those whom you love and who love you, regardless of whether or not you think yourself deserving. It’s an American holiday, but a universal principle: of all the infinite possible combinations of matter and energy to which we cannot yet append a name — out of that improbable chaos, you are here. Your family is here, your friends are here, and you play a part in the cantata that is existence. For that, for you, I am thankful.

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~ by Benji on November 22, 2018.

One Response to “Being Thankful”

  1. Dear Benji, I agree. I like to think of Thanksgiving in the abstract – not as a historical/mythical event. This is as good an opportunity as any to “give thanks” – as the Rastafarians would say. I’m not very good at being thankful, myself. But I try. Thankful for you as a special friend in so many ways, of course!

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