Gratitude is Over-rated
On occasion, life offers us intense relief from our worst fears, and we need to do something with this rush. We need gratitude, so that we can savor that moment of escape . We want to owe this turn of events to something or someone — God, universe, human savior — and they become our recipient for those moments. It’s how we process feelings.
But just recently, I have become tired of high-minded, ego-choked activists and do-gooders (more generally) and their need to be the butt of people’s gratitude. I would like to enshrine all people with their own temples, filled with cookies. So that we can do this thing — saying thank you, oh my god, where would I be without you? — and get over it already en mass. The need to have egos gently stroked, fluffed can be taken care of without it interfering as a constant subtext in all human interactions.