Ingersoll’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
Posted: 22 November 2012 11:47 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I often send this out around Thanksgiving to be used instead of a prayer before Thanksgiving dinner.  I’m late this year, but here it is, in case my non religious friends would like something to say should you be called on to give a Thanksgiving “blessing,” or even if you aren’t. Just get up there and do it—if you dare!   


A HUMANIST THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION
 
by Robert Green Ingersoll

     When I became convinced that the universe is natural—that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood, the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom.

     The walls of my prison crumbled and fell, the dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts and bars and manacles became dust. I was no longer a servant, a serf or a slave. There was for me no master in all the world—not even infinite space.

     I was free—free to think, to express my thoughts—free to live my own ideal—free to live for myself and those I loved—free to use all my faculties, all my senses, free to spread imagination’s wings—free to investigate, to guess and dream and hope—free to judge and determine for myself—free to reject all ignorant and cruel creeds, all the “inspired” books that savages have produced, and all the barbarous legends of the past—free from popes and priests, free from all the “called” and “set apart”—free from sanctified mistakes and “holy” lies—free from the winged monsters of the night—free from devils, ghosts and gods.

     For the first time I was free. There were no prohibited places in all the realms of thought—no air, no space, where fancy could not spread her painted wings—no claims for my limbs—no lashes for my back—no fires for my flesh—no following another’s steps—no need to bow, or cringe, or crawl, or utter lying words. I was free. I stood erect and fearlessly, joyously, faced all worlds.

     And then my heart was filled with gratitude, with thankfulness, and went out in love to all the heroes, the thinkers, who gave their lives for the liberty of hand and brain—for the freedom of labor and thought—to those who fell on the fierce fields of war, to those who died in dungeons bound with chains—to those who proudly mounted scaffold’s stairs—to those by fire consumed—to all the wise, the good, the brave of every land, whose thoughts and deeds have given freedom to the sons [and daughters] of men [and women]. And then I vowed to grasp the torch that they have held, and hold it high, that light may conquer darkness still.

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Posted: 22 November 2012 12:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I jut saw this one on Coyne’s blog:

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Posted: 22 November 2012 05:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Lois, as you can see, George prefers more crudely worded prose.  I appreciate both.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 06:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Well, and it was scientists who found out that gratitude has a most profound effect on the well-being of the human psyche. So maybe “giving thanks” isn’t such a bad idea after all…

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Posted: 23 November 2012 07:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Well, and it was scientists who found out that gratitude has a most profound effect on the well-being of the human psyche. So maybe “giving thanks” isn’t such a bad idea after all…

I gave thanks to the farmers who produced the food.

I don’t bother giving thanks to deities which either don’t exist or don’t care.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 09:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Equal Opportunity Curmudgeon - 23 November 2012 07:08 AM

I gave thanks to the farmers who produced the food.

I gave them my money in exchange for their food.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 09:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Well, and it was scientists who found out that gratitude has a most profound effect on the well-being of the human psyche. So maybe “giving thanks” isn’t such a bad idea after all…


Not giving thanks but directly thanking someone for even a small kindness helps to connect us fellow humans. Just stay away from the black Friday shoppers though. They’re on a mission and you may get run down by a shopping cart! and I do thank the 3% of us who feed the other 97% even if the prices are too damned high on bread and milk.

 

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Posted: 23 November 2012 11:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Equal Opportunity Curmudgeon - 23 November 2012 07:08 AM

Well, and it was scientists who found out that gratitude has a most profound effect on the well-being of the human psyche. So maybe “giving thanks” isn’t such a bad idea after all…

I gave thanks to the farmers who produced the food.

I don’t bother giving thanks to deities which either don’t exist or don’t care.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 11:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Equal Opportunity Curmudgeon - 23 November 2012 07:08 AM

Well, and it was scientists who found out that gratitude has a most profound effect on the well-being of the human psyche. So maybe “giving thanks” isn’t such a bad idea after all…

I gave thanks to the farmers who produced the food.

I don’t bother giving thanks to deities which either don’t exist or don’t care.[/quotlL.


  Agree.  It was Ingersoll’s exact point, and mine.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 01:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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TimB - 22 November 2012 05:18 PM

Lois, as you can see, George prefers more crudely worded prose.  I appreciate both.

  Nah, I don’t see it as crude, just succinct.  LOL

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Posted: 23 November 2012 03:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Occam. - 23 November 2012 01:11 PM
TimB - 22 November 2012 05:18 PM

Lois, as you can see, George prefers more crudely worded prose.  I appreciate both.

  Nah, I don’t see it as crude, just succinct.  LOL

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Despite your penchance for succintness, I think that elegance has its place.  Best of all might be succinct elegance.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 10:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I gave them my money in exchange for their food.

That works as well!

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