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Thursday, November 24, 2005

A Total Drek Thanksgiving.

In lieu of an actual post today* please enjoy this excerpt from last year's Thanksgiving post. It still, more or less, sums things up pretty nicely.

Today in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving. If you're a member of the immigrant majority, this is a time to be grateful that European firearms and diseases were sufficient to allow foreign invaders to wrest control of this land from its original inhabitants. If you are a descendant of those original inhabitants, this is mostly a time to be sorrowful over the events of the last several centuries. On the other hand, you can be grateful that the legal fiction of sovereignty granted to your enclaves by a semi-guilty immigrant majority at least provides justification for casino gambling. So, in short, we all have something to be thankful for, no matter how absurd or degrading.

Now, I am an atheist, and so really don't have anyone to be thankful towards, but this holiday is still about more to me than sheer gluttony. It is a time to consider what I have in my life that I may be grateful for. I am, of course, thankful for my health and that of my family and friends, thankful for having a job I love, a warm home, and a relatively safe life. I am thankful that I have the time and education to think about issues larger than my next meal, or where I will sleep. I am thankful about all these things, but even more I am thankful for all those things that I don't have.

Human existence is defined as much by our goals and aspirations as our accomplishments. In order to truly be a full human being, in order to grow and develop, one must experience lack and hardship as well as plenty and satisfaction. Though I surely bemoan the tragedies in my life when they occur, I am grateful that they do occur, for without them I would not be the man I am, or be able to grow into the man that I will become.

I am thankful for my life, in all of its joy and its sorrow, and am grateful that I may live it, whatever the future may bring.

To all, a happy Thanksgiving.


* I would like to write more, and make this more of a retrospective event, but my Sainted Girlfriend and I have agreed to bring vegan mashed potatoes, two cranberry pies (one vegan, one non-vegan) and a pumpkin pie to this year's collective grad student Thanksgiving dinner. At the moment she's entering full stress mode with the cooking and I'm needed away from the computer. I wouldn't even have posted this much except I needed to send some results to a coauthor today, and so had to spend this morning bonding with STATA. So there. Nyah.

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