When It Comes to Giving Thanks Today, Don’t Look Up; Look Around You

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how atheists can give thanks today and to whom we should be grateful:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Debbi

    We are making cash donations to the Cleveland Food Bank and the Ali Forney Center (NYC) that serves the homeless youth community with beds, food and medical care. Over half of these children (I was one) took up street life because of family rejection for being LGBT which basically means religious intolerance in its most virulent form!

  • Kallizm

    One thing I would [respectfully] disagree with Hemant on is that I encourage everyone to be thankful for what they feel they should be thankful for. If you are thankful to your God during Thanksgiving then more power to you, but the real message here is don’t forget to be thankful to everyone else. The farmers who raised the turkey you’re about to eat, the people who processed it for your consumption, the family members who cooked the meal for you, and more importantly, be thankful that you’re alive and well and able to share a meal with your loved ones.

  • http://www.dogmabytes.com/ C Peterson

    As an astronomer living in a rural location, I always tell people to look up and be thankful for the dark skies that let us see our fantastic universe!

    If you’re in a dark spot tonight, look up. The reality is so much better than any fantasy.

  • islandbrewer

    I live in a big metropolitan conurbation and am always jealous of those folks who live where they can see stars.

  • donkiely

    There are a great many things that I’m thankful for that don’t have easily identifiable human origins of. Most notably, when I do long runs (I’m an addicted marathoner) and the weather is beautiful or the trail is awesome or I’m feeling strong and fast, I’m quite content to thank the universe. I learned early in my life that being grateful is marvelous and emotionally healthy. Early on I was grateful to a god (Catholicism, sigh; thank heavens it didn’t “take”), but now gratitude to the universe works great for me.

  • Robster

    Hemant Mehta, this place, your site, has become a bastion of common sense, and I would think that that many others should and do thank you for doing so near endlessly, stating the bleeding obvious, offering examples every day of why reality counts and pointing that out to those that agree. For that I salute you and those that support you. Why people might find that somehow offensive is beyond me. Another thing, those that are or are maybe offended should really stop and think for just a moment and reconsider what they believe to be true at least be prepared to reconsider what they believe before, jumping up and down, before stating that, just perhaps, they maybe incorrect in what they believe before spitting chips It really should not be that difficult shout to believe, could it?

  • Cattleya1

    I stood with the other 8 people at TG dinner last night while grace was said… As usual, I kept my eyes open. My deeply christian cousin’s 30-year-old son was standing there with eyes open looking about him. It was an interesting little moment.