Today is Thanksgiving in the United States of America. A national holiday where everyone is supposed to give thanks and feel grateful for what they have.
And eat a lot, but that’s almost every holiday in the US.
But why do we need a special day to feel grateful and give thanks for what we have? Couldn’t we do that every day?
Truth is, Americans seem to be fairly bad at gratitude. We tend to focus on what we don’t have rather than what we do have. Jealousy and greed are our way of life.
And the corporations that run our country like it that way. Keeps us spending money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need.
But it’s luxury. Convenience. Status symbols. My house is bigger than your house. My car is faster, my TV is 4k, my laptop has more RAM. I have 62 kitchen gadgets that all light up, spin, and whistle show tunes, all while automatically updating my Instagram with pics of my dinner.
But it’s not enough. There’s always more. You have a BMW? Someone else has a Lamborghini. Or a yacht. Or a private jet.
You have a mansion with fridge that connects to the Internet? Someone has 8 vacation homes around the globe. 2 of them are on private islands.
And it’s not always big things. It’s little things too, like labels. Practically the same product (clothes, bottled water, etc…) is twice (or more) as expensive, because of how it’s labeled.You don’t always get what you pay for, sometimes you get scammed.
What if we didn’t have one specific day to be thankful for what we have, but every single day of the year we thought about what we are grateful for?
Would that change how we live? What we spend our money on? How we judge other people?
Grateful and Thankful
sat and feasted, but Greed would
not join them, and starved