Originally posted by wolfgang59
each day is a blessing was posted in another thread by UzumakiAi and he added in parentheses "in a secular sense". I agree with him. Each
day is a blessing but we have no-one to thank.
Recently we (my family) have taken to thanking the FSM, tooth fairy or
other random "deity" at meal times to remind ourselves how lucky we are
and not to ta ...[text shortened]... our comfortable lives for granted.
Any other atheists got their own way of dealing with this?
Well I don't do it at meal times, but I thank the people that make my/our lives possible.
I didn't die of childhood disease because people doing science invented modern medicine
which has all but eradicated it. (vaccines people, they rock)
I have enough food because people worked hard to produce it, taking advantage of
modern scientific farming techniques and supported by sophisticated weather forecasting.
I have access to a hugely varied diet that is resistant to localised drought or other
catastrophe because of a globally distributed farming and manufacturing network that can
get it's produce to me quickly via a global transport system of planes, ships trucks and trains
that move our goods from where they're made to where they're needed.
All run by and invented and built by people.
I guess this is what I consider my Humanism.
I give thanks to all the humans that worked and suffered through history to make the world
a better place that I / We can enjoy.
I also realise that this work is not yet done, and is still ongoing, and so my main 'giving thanks'
is to do my little bit to make the world a better place for myself, those around me, and the next
generations who will come after us.
I often watch history documentaries and while I find them fascinating, I am universally struck
by one thought when I watch every one.
There is no time in history I would rather live in than the present.
For all it's faults, and there are many. This is the greatest time to be alive in the history of humankind.
And I dream that in another 50~100 years time I will be able to say exactly the same thing.
I am not sure that I think of each day as being a blessing though...
Each day was hard fought for and won by ingenuity and hard work by countless people mostly forgotten.
Almost nothing was 'given' to us by the cold hard reality we call the universe.
In fact in its mindless uncaring way the universe is trying to kill us every second of every day.
Each day is not a blessing... It's a victory.
EDIT: Good thread btw, I'll read with interest.