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Kleptin
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11/25/2010 9:44:20 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I was originally depressed about this Thanksgiving. I was scheduled to work the evening shift at the hospital because we need to stagger holidays. My parents went off to Japan and my girlfriend left earlier today to spend Thanksgiving with her parents out of state, leaving me all by my lonesome :(

I work in a room at the center of the intensive care unit preparing intravenous medications for people who are always seconds away from kicking the bucket, and it wasn't until today that I really understood the gravity of what I was doing.

While I was selfishly pitying myself for having Thanksgiving alone, there were at least 2-3 families huddled together and crying over the loss of someone who had just coded and died not 30 feet away from where I was sitting over the course of the evening, and others watching their loved ones cling desperately to life.

It was then that I felt truly thankful, knowing that even though my loved ones were away from me, I at least knew they were safe, and that we will have many more Thanksgivings to come.

It's a tradition to say what we are thankful for having in our lives, but it's just as important to be thankful for what we haven't lost :)
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11/25/2010 9:48:31 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Everybody around the table at my thanksgiving dinner went in a circle saying something they were thankful for. Half the people ended up bursting into tears. It was intense.
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11/25/2010 9:51:42 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/25/2010 9:48:31 PM, FREEDO wrote:
Everybody around the table at my thanksgiving dinner went in a circle saying something they were thankful for. Half the people ended up bursting into tears. It was intense.

Wow, Thanksgiving for your family seems like serious business. While growing up, my family and everybody else's family it was always only about the food.
lovelife
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11/26/2010 12:57:47 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/25/2010 9:51:42 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 11/25/2010 9:48:31 PM, FREEDO wrote:
Everybody around the table at my thanksgiving dinner went in a circle saying something they were thankful for. Half the people ended up bursting into tears. It was intense.

Wow, Thanksgiving for your family seems like serious business. While growing up, my family and everybody else's family it was always only about the food.

We haven't said thanks in about 5 years, this was the first year we prayed too.
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innomen
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11/26/2010 1:52:23 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Gratitude is a crucial spiritual value that will make you happier, and a better person to be around. Consider the alternative.
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11/26/2010 2:29:08 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 1:52:23 AM, innomen wrote:
Gratitude is a crucial spiritual value that will make you happier, and a better person to be around. Consider the alternative.

This.
(Ignoring the word spiritual anyway).
I am voting for Innomen because of his intelligence, common sense, humility and the fact that Juggle appears to listen to him. Any other Presidential style would have a large sub-section of the site up in arms. If I was President I would destroy the site though elitism, others would let it run riot. Innomen represents a middle way that works, neither draconian nor anarchic and that is the only way things can work. Plus he does it all without ego trips.
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11/26/2010 2:33:47 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 2:29:08 AM, Cerebral_Narcissist wrote:
At 11/26/2010 1:52:23 AM, innomen wrote:
Gratitude is a crucial spiritual value that will make you happier, and a better person to be around. Consider the alternative.

This.
(Ignoring the word spiritual anyway).

I'm on my way out the door to meditation, but I'd like to know to whom or what are you grateful?
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11/26/2010 2:38:46 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 2:33:47 AM, innomen wrote:
At 11/26/2010 2:29:08 AM, Cerebral_Narcissist wrote:
At 11/26/2010 1:52:23 AM, innomen wrote:
Gratitude is a crucial spiritual value that will make you happier, and a better person to be around. Consider the alternative.

This.
(Ignoring the word spiritual anyway).

I'm on my way out the door to meditation, but I'd like to know to whom or what are you grateful?

I am grateful to my parents, I am grateful to the positive coincidences of life. I have a lot to be grateful for and it allows me to endure.
I am voting for Innomen because of his intelligence, common sense, humility and the fact that Juggle appears to listen to him. Any other Presidential style would have a large sub-section of the site up in arms. If I was President I would destroy the site though elitism, others would let it run riot. Innomen represents a middle way that works, neither draconian nor anarchic and that is the only way things can work. Plus he does it all without ego trips.
Atheism
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11/26/2010 2:58:15 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
I'm thankful for being able to learn.
That's not to say I am going to go out and get wasted and act like an idiot celebrating that circumstantial allowance.
I miss the old members.
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11/26/2010 3:44:09 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 3:05:10 AM, Cody_Franklin wrote:

5. a particular lady in my life to whom I need to apologize for being a jerk.
On behalf of charleslb, I accept your apology.
I miss the old members.
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11/26/2010 4:44:24 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 2:38:46 AM, Cerebral_Narcissist wrote:
At 11/26/2010 2:33:47 AM, innomen wrote:
At 11/26/2010 2:29:08 AM, Cerebral_Narcissist wrote:
At 11/26/2010 1:52:23 AM, innomen wrote:
Gratitude is a crucial spiritual value that will make you happier, and a better person to be around. Consider the alternative.

This.
(Ignoring the word spiritual anyway).

I'm on my way out the door to meditation, but I'd like to know to whom or what are you grateful?

I am grateful to my parents, I am grateful to the positive coincidences of life. I have a lot to be grateful for and it allows me to endure.

Being happy because you are lucky, isn't the same as gratitude. Gratitude requires an additional party to whom you are grateful. Being grateful to your parents is nice. The more you incorporate gratitude as a working value in your life the happier you (third person plural) will be. - It is a component of humility, it is a spiritual value for those who choose to live a spiritual life. The net result of all spiritual values is a happier life.
Veridas
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11/26/2010 5:02:33 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
I'm thankful for the fact that I don't have to celebrate and act like I'm enjoying a national holiday forged on undertones of racial hatred and genocide.

Happy thanksgiving, f*ckers.
What fresh dickery is the internet up to today?
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11/26/2010 5:13:34 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 5:02:33 AM, Veridas wrote:
I'm thankful for the fact that I don't have to celebrate and act like I'm enjoying a national holiday forged on undertones of racial hatred and genocide.

Happy thanksgiving, f*ckers.

You're one of those people, eh?
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11/26/2010 6:16:15 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 5:13:34 AM, Korashk wrote:
At 11/26/2010 5:02:33 AM, Veridas wrote:
I'm thankful for the fact that I don't have to celebrate and act like I'm enjoying a national holiday forged on undertones of racial hatred and genocide.

Happy thanksgiving, f*ckers.

You're one of those people, eh?

Only sees ugliness.
Koopin
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11/26/2010 9:49:15 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 5:02:33 AM, Veridas wrote:
I'm thankful for the fact that I don't have to celebrate and act like I'm enjoying a national holiday forged on undertones of racial hatred and genocide.

Happy thanksgiving, f*ckers.

Poor Poor Veridas. Jealousy doesn't look good on you.
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11/26/2010 10:42:13 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 4:44:24 AM, innomen wrote:
At 11/26/2010 2:38:46 AM, Cerebral_Narcissist wrote:
At 11/26/2010 2:33:47 AM, innomen wrote:
At 11/26/2010 2:29:08 AM, Cerebral_Narcissist wrote:
At 11/26/2010 1:52:23 AM, innomen wrote:
Gratitude is a crucial spiritual value that will make you happier, and a better person to be around. Consider the alternative.

This.
(Ignoring the word spiritual anyway).

I'm on my way out the door to meditation, but I'd like to know to whom or what are you grateful?

I am grateful to my parents, I am grateful to the positive coincidences of life. I have a lot to be grateful for and it allows me to endure.

Being happy because you are lucky, isn't the same as gratitude. Gratitude requires an additional party to whom you are grateful.

Utter bull.

Being grateful to your parents is nice. The more you incorporate gratitude as a working value in your life the happier you (third person plural) will be. - It is a component of humility, it is a spiritual value for those who choose to live a spiritual life. The net result of all spiritual values is a happier life.

I do not accept that I have to resort to anthropomorphising the universe in order to express gratitude. I will express gratitude to impersonal chance thank you very much.
I am voting for Innomen because of his intelligence, common sense, humility and the fact that Juggle appears to listen to him. Any other Presidential style would have a large sub-section of the site up in arms. If I was President I would destroy the site though elitism, others would let it run riot. Innomen represents a middle way that works, neither draconian nor anarchic and that is the only way things can work. Plus he does it all without ego trips.
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11/26/2010 11:36:40 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 6:16:15 AM, innomen wrote:
At 11/26/2010 5:13:34 AM, Korashk wrote:
At 11/26/2010 5:02:33 AM, Veridas wrote:
I'm thankful for the fact that I don't have to celebrate and act like I'm enjoying a national holiday forged on undertones of racial hatred and genocide.

Happy thanksgiving, f*ckers.

You're one of those people, eh?

Only sees ugliness.

Actually when its a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide I'm inclined to not be happy on such a day. I'd really rather not celebrate killing thousands of natives everyday.
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Koopin
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11/26/2010 11:57:29 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 11:36:40 AM, lovelife wrote:

Actually when its a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide I'm inclined to not be happy on such a day. I'd really rather not celebrate killing thousands of natives everyday.

Well then it is a good thing it is not a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide. It is a holiday to be thankful.
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11/26/2010 12:05:41 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 11:57:29 AM, Koopin wrote:
At 11/26/2010 11:36:40 AM, lovelife wrote:

Actually when its a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide I'm inclined to not be happy on such a day. I'd really rather not celebrate killing thousands of natives everyday.

Well then it is a good thing it is not a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide. It is a holiday to be thankful.

http://www.danielnpaul.com...
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11/26/2010 12:09:00 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 11:57:29 AM, Koopin wrote:
At 11/26/2010 11:36:40 AM, lovelife wrote:

Actually when its a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide I'm inclined to not be happy on such a day. I'd really rather not celebrate killing thousands of natives everyday.

Well then it is a good thing it is not a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide. It is a holiday to be thankful.

Seriously, Koopin? Do you not know the history behind it at all, or do you just not care?
Koopin
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11/26/2010 12:09:27 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 12:05:41 PM, lovelife wrote:
At 11/26/2010 11:57:29 AM, Koopin wrote:
At 11/26/2010 11:36:40 AM, lovelife wrote:

Actually when its a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide I'm inclined to not be happy on such a day. I'd really rather not celebrate killing thousands of natives everyday.

Well then it is a good thing it is not a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide. It is a holiday to be thankful.

http://www.danielnpaul.com...

Ok Lovelife, let me ask you this. On Christmas do you cut baby's feet off and drink their blood? Because it was originally a pagan holiday. No, times have changed. We celebrate Thanks Giving because it is a holiday to show that we are thankful for what we have.
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11/26/2010 12:09:44 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 12:09:00 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 11/26/2010 11:57:29 AM, Koopin wrote:
At 11/26/2010 11:36:40 AM, lovelife wrote:

Actually when its a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide I'm inclined to not be happy on such a day. I'd really rather not celebrate killing thousands of natives everyday.

Well then it is a good thing it is not a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide. It is a holiday to be thankful.

Seriously, Koopin? Do you not know the history behind it at all, or do you just not care?

See above post.
kfc
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11/26/2010 12:13:53 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 12:09:27 PM, Koopin wrote:
At 11/26/2010 12:05:41 PM, lovelife wrote:
At 11/26/2010 11:57:29 AM, Koopin wrote:
At 11/26/2010 11:36:40 AM, lovelife wrote:

Actually when its a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide I'm inclined to not be happy on such a day. I'd really rather not celebrate killing thousands of natives everyday.

Well then it is a good thing it is not a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide. It is a holiday to be thankful.

http://www.danielnpaul.com...

Ok Lovelife, let me ask you this. On Christmas do you cut baby's feet off and drink their blood? Because it was originally a pagan holiday. No, times have changed. We celebrate Thanks Giving because it is a holiday to show that we are thankful for what we have.

Pagans are MUCH less violent than christians. But no I celebrate Yule with the beauty of the seasons in mind, just like the pagans did.
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11/26/2010 12:14:26 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I had an awesome Thanksgiving so I hope ya'll did too!

I'm thankful for:

1) my health improvements

2) friends that have stayed by my side throughout the good and bad

3) The Big Bang Theory (TV show)

4) My high tolerance for alcohol which comes in handy while partying (lol)

5) the welcome distraction that DDO brings and the amazing users who have made me laugh and learn

*high five for turkey*
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11/26/2010 12:15:22 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 12:13:53 PM, lovelife wrote:

Pagans are MUCH less violent than christians. But no I celebrate Yule with the beauty of the seasons in mind, just like the pagans did.

Only reason I do is because I'm pretty much obligated to with my family.
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11/26/2010 12:16:00 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 12:13:53 PM, lovelife wrote:
At 11/26/2010 12:09:27 PM, Koopin wrote:
At 11/26/2010 12:05:41 PM, lovelife wrote:
At 11/26/2010 11:57:29 AM, Koopin wrote:
At 11/26/2010 11:36:40 AM, lovelife wrote:

Actually when its a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide I'm inclined to not be happy on such a day. I'd really rather not celebrate killing thousands of natives everyday.

Well then it is a good thing it is not a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide. It is a holiday to be thankful.

http://www.danielnpaul.com...

Ok Lovelife, let me ask you this. On Christmas do you cut baby's feet off and drink their blood? Because it was originally a pagan holiday. No, times have changed. We celebrate Thanks Giving because it is a holiday to show that we are thankful for what we have.

Pagans are MUCH less violent than christians. But no I celebrate Yule with the beauty of the seasons in mind, just like the pagans did.

I am not even gonna get into that because it has nothing to do with my argument. My point remains un-refuted.
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11/26/2010 12:18:19 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 11:36:40 AM, lovelife wrote:
Actually when its a holiday to celebrate racism and genocide I'm inclined to not be happy on such a day. I'd really rather not celebrate killing thousands of natives everyday.

lol

I don't think thanksgiving was ever anything near

"a day to celebrate racism and genocide"
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11/26/2010 12:19:50 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/26/2010 12:16:00 PM, Koopin wrote:


I am not even gonna get into that because it has nothing to do with my argument. My point remains un-refuted.

Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades, witchhunts, the current wars in the middle east, several resistance groups based in Africa and South America, etc. Need I say more? So yea, historically, Christians have been brutal.