Uncommon Sense

November 29, 2019

Actually Giving Thanks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Ruis @ 8:49 am

Yesterday I had a back and forth with Professor Taboo in which I had an idea. Here is what I said then:

I am tired of those claiming that atheists have nothing to give thanks for on Thanksgiving day. What if we were to have a tradition that on Thanksgiving Day, we would write notes to all of those people in our lives we owe thanks to. Doctors who helped us survive: tow truck drivers who pulled us out of a snowy bank, bankers who helped us get out from under a dicey loan, lawyers who defended us in court against false charges, and so on. Think of millions of these notes being sent via snail mail, email, and whatnot.” (Yes, I quoted myself!)

I am sure that Hallmark and American Greetings and all of the other “card” makers would get on board with this! Think how you would feel when over a few days span, everyone who is thankful for what you have done has written you and you get a ton of mail. And, if you get no mail at all, society is basically saying you need to get your pitiful life in order and help a few others. I am sure the postal service would not look askance at this tradition.

I am sure that this “feel good” exercise would be diluted by every fricking commercial vendor thanking each and everyone of their customers, but we could disabuse them of doing that on a mechanized scale.

Currently, we currently “give thanks” by gorging ourselves on too much food and drink and watching parades, dog shows, football games, and whatnot on television. How is any of that “giving thanks”? (“I am thankful I can afford to buy too much food on occasion and can afford to have cable and a wide-screen TV to watch meaningless things thereon.” WTF?)



  1. It’s a really good idea. And thank god those doctors and surgeons spent 8 years schooling and 5 in residency.

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    Comment by jim- — November 29, 2019 @ 9:26 am | Reply

    • I think of the doctors, nurses, and medical schools, even hospital administrators over my hospital stays.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 29, 2019 @ 10:04 am | Reply

  2. I think the idea of secular, humanist, deist and atheist cards is a great idea…
    All the people that are not Bible thumpers need more imput

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    Comment by maryplumbago — November 29, 2019 @ 9:32 am | Reply

    • Damn, take an idea and run with it. Atheist cards would tax the normal card writers because all of the religious platitudes would be off limits.

      On Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 9:32 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 29, 2019 @ 10:05 am | Reply

  3. But, but… but Steve! Isn’t just saying:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families and less fortunate…

    I mean, everybody and their brother have cornered that market. Surely that is MORE THAN enough, yes? 😈💖 😉


    Comment by Professor Taboo — November 29, 2019 @ 10:11 am | Reply

    • LOL! “I blow thoughts and prayers out of my ass to you and your family, aw what the heck, all of your kind.” That’s the real message.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 29, 2019 @ 10:57 am | Reply

  4. Just googled and there are many atheist holiday and other cards already out there…

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    Comment by maryplumbago — November 29, 2019 @ 11:16 am | Reply

    • Signs of progress!

      On Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 11:16 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 29, 2019 @ 11:17 am | Reply

  5. I don’t send cards to anybody. I do try and treat all the people I come in contact with every day the way I want to be treated. When my hospice aids, nurses, and social worker visit, I always thank them and tell them to be careful when they leave. I thank the checkout people where ever, when ever I go out and about and buy anything. It’s easy, well most of the time it is. Some days, I need to go out, like a doctor visit and I feel like crap. I still try to be civil to all. If it isn’t easy on a given day, I tell the person I’m talking to that I’m not feeling so great, but appreciate what they do.
    Of course when others are less than civil to me, I usually have a snappy come back for the. An unexpected “Who pissed in your breakfast?” will get the attention of most of them. But hell, I’m just an old former member of a university—-University of Science, Music, and Culture (USMC for short). I do not and will not allow myself to be held above anybody else.
    Not trying to “win friends and influence people”, just trying to spread some kindness in a world that has far too little of it. I know there are folks not far from me who are much worse off than me.


    Comment by Walter Kronkat — November 29, 2019 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

    • This is the spirit of egalitarianism that has made this country what it is. Would that all people subscribed.

      On Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 4:37 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 9, 2019 @ 11:49 am | Reply

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