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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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  • Dec 2 2012: Thank you very much for you comment!

    I speak russian and armenian.

    I think people try to solve their problems in the simplest way, and as fast as possible. Maybe they have a strong reason to do so. If they do not reach their goals right now, they can not do it next time.
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      Dec 2 2012: Спасибо за ваш комментарий:>)

      I agree that people try to solve problems in the simplest possible way, as fast as possible, and somtimes they miss some opportunities. Do you think that when people do not reach their goals right away, they sometimes get frustrated and do not try again?

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      • Dec 2 2012: Yes, they get frustrated. But they do not try again! They set another (sometimes more "unreachable") goals and try again! I think that is problem.

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