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Who do atheists thank on Thanksgiving?

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Thanksgiving isn't a religious holiday.

nvrnuff Level 8 Nov 22, 2018
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The Christians don't seem to know that.

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I am a confirmed atheist, and yet I have many times over the years felt an overwhelming urge to say, "Thank you," even though I know there is nobody and nothing there to thank.

It's human to be grateful. Just go with the flow, and know that life can be very good.

Elganned Level 6 Nov 24, 2018
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I prefer the word "appreciate". I can appreciate good food and good company without invoking the idea that some greater power is responsible for what I appreciate. It just means I'm happy to have something.

YeuxSansLaine Level 4 Nov 23, 2018
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Farmers and farm workers!

Cuch04 Level 2 Nov 25, 2018
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The person or persons who invited me over to share their food.

Sticks48 Level 8 Nov 22, 2018
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i did the cooking. my guy thanked me.

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genessa Level 8 Nov 22, 2018
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The people in their lives, their community, the universe. You can be thankful without thanking anyone or anything specific.

Songsmith Level 4 Nov 26, 2018
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I'd say that atheist's thank themselves and their family members who support them and accept them.

skepticaljerk Level 4 Nov 26, 2018
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My family has always just gone around the table and each person says what they're thankful for. Although my father was raised Lutheran and my mother Baptist/Catholic, they never imposed religion on the holidays-not even Christmas. In my family, holidays are about family, not faith.

verdefae Level 4 Nov 25, 2018
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I see nothing wrong with being thankful for the lives that we consume. I never thank made up deities or demons. I revere all life but I am going to consume life -- we all do. (not raw -- like my food cooked)

xyz123 Level 6 Nov 23, 2018
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Gratitude requires no target.
This seems to be a fact that escapes most people.

Mortal Level 7 Nov 22, 2018
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I thank the family that bothered to get dressed up and smile.

x0lineage0x Level 6 Nov 22, 2018
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Yes, I thank all the generations before me who worked hard and followed their dreams and interests, and all the people around me who do what they do to participate in the world in whatever positive way they see fit, to allow us to have the the lifestyle we choose or earn for ourselves.

All the people in my past who affected my life in big and little ways, positively and negatively, I feel it's my job to learn from them and perpetuate the good, and avoid the bad going forward, hopefully setting a good example for my loved ones to follow (or to ignore) and keeping toward a course of gradual improvement in the quality of life of the future.

Julie808 Level 7 Nov 22, 2018
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Nobody close to me expects thanks. They know how I feel.

SukiSue Level 8 Nov 22, 2018
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Thank your family members for traveling to spend the day with you.

BD66 Level 7 Nov 22, 2018
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I thank the pathetic fallacy, without whom I would not be hear today thanking someone.

greyeyed123 Level 4 Nov 25, 2018
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I served 30 yrs in the U.S. Navy & as a Field Corpsman with the Marines... So I THANK all the Men and woman that are Standing The Watch in Harms Way!!!

Alohajack Level 1 Nov 24, 2018
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Semper FI!!

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I thanked my friends for coming to my house and bringing potatoes. I'm not thankful to anything.

PhoebeCat Level 7 Nov 23, 2018
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I am thankful for friends, family, and food. But who is this "who" of whom you speak?

Heraclitus Level 7 Nov 23, 2018
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Whomever they choose.

PhilipK Level 3 Nov 23, 2018
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Well, the people who deserve thanks. That's who I thank, anyway. And I am as atheist as you can get. 😁

zeuser Level 7 Nov 22, 2018
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The same as anyone else neing as it had nothing to do with any religions

Reaver85 Level 5 Nov 22, 2018
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I was extremely thankful for the food left on the front of my car while I slept. I was thankful for truck drivers using their mileage to buy me a shower. I was thankful for everyone that offered a ride when I didn't need one. I am still thankful for them, and will never forget them.

Holysocks Level 7 Nov 22, 2018
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