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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 3 2012: To answer the original question:

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

    Everyone has a 'god' (a belief), whatever that may be, however its defined,
    and whatever it is named. Therefore there is no such thing as a non-believer.
    Everyone believes in something.

    I will not say anyone should feel gratitude at all. that is their choice. But i do think
    it behooves everyone to do so, and then of course to act on that feeling...


    Ex: If you believe in 'God', and believe that He gave you life, then you should 'feel'
    grateful to him for it.....and give it back to Him the best way you know how :) (acting on your
    gratitude)

    or

    Ex: If you believe in 'Science', etc., then you should feel grateful,, and give your life back in the
    best way you know how.

    Act on your gratitude:
    -take care of your parents,
    -help you children,
    -protect the environment

    or like Louis put it:

    We should feel gratitude to those that provide life for us.
    These people can be one's parents, teachers, etc.
    But at the end of the day, whether you call it God, Singularity, or Primal Existence, I think we all have a deep sense of gratitude to the source of life itself.

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