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Both grateful and fortunate

November 27, 2014

Greta Christina’s musings on those are an appropriate read for Thanksgiving.

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  1. Laura permalink
    November 28, 2014 10:48 am

    I grew up in a much more secular society than here, and we did use the word “luck” a lot when random events turned in our favor, from landing a job to getting over an illness. People would say “que suerte que te fue bien en la entrevista” or “que suerte que ya te sentis mejor”.

    [translations “how lucky you did well in your interview”, or “how lucky you are feeling better now”]

    Giving “thanks for” those things always feels misplaced to me, to this day. What feels even more misplaced it to give credit to God for things that are verifiably the results of our efforts (or lack thereof,) particularly when they are negative.

    • rturpin permalink*
      November 28, 2014 3:44 pm

      The circumstance when it really seems odd to me that people thank their god is when they have narrowly survived a tragedy that killed some of their neighbors. I remember some of the survivors doing this after the last deadly tornado that ripped through Jarrell, seemingly oblivious to the fact that if it were indeed their god that selected them to be saved, he also selected their neighbors to die and their children to be orphaned. Luck has no such evil side to it, and causes us to remember that we all at times are fortunate, and at other times not so. That seems a better outlook, to me, than imagining some god or guardian angel is responsible for one’s good luck. And then somehow should be placated when it is otherwise?

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