Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Here on the eve of Thanksgiving I thought it would be appropriate to be thankful. However there are many, many reasons to be thankful. We are thankful that we live in a country where fortunes can be made by lawsuits over the temperature of a beverage. We are thankful that we have cameras to record every movement of the latest pop tart exiting a limo. We are thankful that we have more lawyers than any other nation on earth - over one million. (I just read that 70% of the lawyers in the world are in the U.S.) We are thankful that we are innocent until proven guilty - unless the charges are of a nature as to be offensive to someone. We are thankful that we have hundreds of channels of television, still with nothing on worth watching most times. Along that theme, we are thankful to be able to watch exiting "sports" like spelling bees and baccarat. We are thankful to have devoted public servants and elected officials that look upon their job as a way to line their pockets. We are thankful for a generation of video games where realism is sometimes "better" than reality. We are thankful for supersized portions of fried foods that can be obtained without leaving our vehicle. We are thankful for automobiles that have conveniences that allow us to do our daily activities while "driving". We are grateful for a proliferation of cell phones that allow everyone to talk to everyone except the real people around them. We are grateful for text messaging and IMs that also keep us from interacting with the boring people in our general area. We are grateful for dog and cat clothing and accessories. We are grateful for shoes that can make us taller, faster, better leapers, more stylish, etc; along with poorer. We are grateful for doctors and medical staff and machines that can always find something wrong with you. We are thankful for goldfish crackers in many flavors. We are grateful for food that has ingredients that sound like a chemistry set. We are thankful to know what food and/or food component or additive is killing us now. IMHO, we should be thankful for living in the greatest country on this earth (I would say universe, but having no real knowledge of nations in the cosmos, I will keep it local). Even those Americans that bash the U.S. should acknowedge that if just for the fact they can bash the U.S. We should be grateful for life itself. Blue skies (or gray, for that matter) are worth looking at and studying for a while. We should be grateful for the birds we can see, if only for the color. We should be thankful for children; they don't get wrapped up in all our b.s. for a while. We should be grateful for family and friends; they are the why. Be thankful for what you do have, not envious of what you do not. Happy Thanksgiving!