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The Reverend Gives Thanks

By The Reverend Published: November 22, 2007

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Today's Thanksgiving Day blog.....

Life is random. Much more random than what we would like to admit at times. Humans take much pride in the choices they make...and rightfully so. Choosing a marriage partner, choosing a job, choosing to get educated, choosing to not use drugs,
choosing to believe in god, choosing a political party.....choosing to be a kind person. Many choices we make....and they are definitely ours to make.

But what of the choices we do not make? That's my focus today. Richard Dawkins, in his book The God Delusion, speaks of the randomness of all life. He points out that to be alive as a human being is like hitting the lottery. Of all of the zillions of combinations of genetic material that have been possible over the tens of thousands of years homo sapiens have been around, you and I are most fortunate to have come into existence, given the great odds.

I am thankful today for being lucky enough to have ever lived at all.

Take that great and vast randomness that has brought you and I into actuality and factor in even more randomness. Not only are we alive.....but we are alive in the 21st century. If we were to pick a time for our random existence to play out......how much luckier could we possibly be than to be alive during the 21st century, rather than, say, 6000 BC?

I am thankful today for being lucky enough to have ever lived at all and even more thankful that I live in the 21st century.

And finally...we do not play a part in the randomness that has made us alive in the 21st century....and we also do not play a part in what part of the 21st century world we are born into. American citizens are not only randomly fortunate to have ever existed at all, let alone to live in the 21st century....but we are also randomly fortunate to live in the richest country on the face of this earth.

None of this was our own doing. We had nothing in it.

I am thankful today for being lucky enough to have ever lived at all, even more thankful that I live in the 21st century, and more thankful yet for the random fortune enabling me to live in the United States of America.

In between stuffing the turkey, stuffing ourselves and watching football today....why not reflect for a moment, if only for a moment, on just how monumently and marvelously lucky we really are?

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