Don’t Be Grateful, Children

It’s the Thanksgiving season!

The leaves are falling, nature is orange and gold, a fresh wind blows across the avenues, and people are, unsurprisingly, just as cluelessly fake as ever

This time of the year calls for people to be happy, loving, grateful, and very gluttonous…

So we are!

We shove in the turkey, stuff in the stuffing, and try to fake contentment

Now I am not saying that no one is genuine, but that those few who actually are thankful and joyful do not realize that the sense of hope and security the season brings is quite false

Tradition is a beautiful thing, but it tends to steal the authenticity of the moment

Something may prompt one toward an action or a feeling without the sincerity of the effect being corrupted, but that is not the case with Thanksgiving

This holiday has gone from a genuine celebration to a purposeless feast – as if it were the best McDonald’s in America and happened to be built by the highway to Christmas

Everyone pauses their journey to Christmas to stop in there (cause it’s the best!), but it is still just another crappy McDonald’s…

Culture forces itself to pretend to conform to this idea in which it believes no longer

Because America has not retained her faith in God

(I mean, the pilgrims were hilariously misguided theologically, but that’s neither here nor there)

I made the argument a few days ago that one does not need to be grateful to anyone in order to reside in a state of gratefulness

…That was a flawed argument

The word I was looking for was “gladness”

To be in a state of gratefulness, one must be, by definition, grateful to someone or something

However, it does seem possible to maintain a state of gladness without being glad unto any specific person or thing

Thanksgiving is about gratefulness, not gladness

But our country refuses to give thanks to God, hence the shallowness of the holiday

Disregarding the difference between gratefulness and gladness, is anyone truly thankful at Thanksgiving?

Seems pretty superficial to me…

This is an exaggerated case, but imagine someone who is always grumpy

Supposing the Thanksgiving season causes them to realize their blessings and change their pessimistic outlook on life, how long would this fundamental shift in their nature last?

If their thankfulness is inspired by a holiday characterized by shallowness, can it be genuine?

They may have the belief that all participants in the celebration of Thanksgiving are genuinely thankful, but so do the majority of Americans

How can a deep sense of thankfulness suddenly materialize out of nowhere?

It doesn’t compute!

I don’t care if you find that the Thanksgiving season gives you a chance to count your blessings and be more conscientious of them! Every moment you are alive gives you a chance to do that!

I conclude with this:

When Thanksgiving rolls around next year, do us all a favor

And don’t lie to yourself

 

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2 thoughts on “Don’t Be Grateful, Children

  1. Hi Ryan this is a very true good post of very true things. I give you a short round of applause (literally, I just did). I have a question. When you said “However it does seem possible to maintain a state of gladness without being glad unto any specific person or thing” then you are believing that gladness means raw natural contentedness or being cheerful? I’m just trying to understand the difference between gratefulness and gladness…..

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    1. Hey Jenosh! Thanks for commenting! Yes, it seems to me that gladness has more to do with sole contentedness, whereas gratefulness is always directed toward another individual. For example, I am glad that people read my posts, but I am specifically grateful to you for reading, pondering, and commenting on my thoughts. That’s the idea I’m attempting to communicate.

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