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Arkady Grudzinsky


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Should we feel gratitude for our life? To whom?

Gratitude is important feeling in interpersonal relationships. Gratitude encourages giving and giving encourages more gratitude, etc. On the other side, lack of gratitude comes with a sense of "entitlement" - they mutually create each other as well. Lack of gratitude discourages giving and creates a sense that the world "owes us" a living. "We are programmed to receive." Gratitude, in my opinion, offers an exit from that proverbial Hotel California and "programs us to give".

How about our life and other things shown in this video? Religious people usually thank God for these things. The camera shows a standing round of applause at the end of the video. I very much doubt that most people attending TED talks are religious, so the video must have stirred some emotion in believers and non-believers alike.

Do non-believers feel gratitude for these things? If yes, to whom?


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  • Nov 23 2012: to your Self
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      Nov 23 2012: What is "Self" in your understanding? This "Self" keeps popping out in various conversations. I have my idea of what it is (perhaps, a fuzzy idea). What's yours?
    • Nov 25 2012: Hi, Ed !
      Would you agree that ' your' is a bit confusing here ? : ) ' your' is a function of 'to feel.'

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