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  •  The other day my husband asked me why (5+ / 0-)

    I pray before each meal since I don't believe in God.

    My answer is that I think there is so much to be thankful for and it is good to bring that gratitude into awareness. I don't have to believe that some entity "gave" me this life to be thankful for it and it is good for me and perhaps for the world if I consciously focus on and express that feeling of thankfulness through my thoughts.

    FWIW, I do this silently before each meal so I am not making other people have to participate in any way.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Thu May 23, 2013 at 06:59:44 AM PDT

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    •  We non-believers would benefit by remembering (1+ / 0-)
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      gratitude and living it. It's funny, hanging out with so many Catholics, I can see certain ways in which religion in their lives has some beauty, even if I can't bring myself to believe the specifics.  One of them is the idea of undeserved grace, sort of a generalized gratitude.  It's not a bad attitude. It is a good thing and a natural thing to be grateful for being alive, for being in this world.  

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Thu May 23, 2013 at 10:08:19 AM PDT

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    •  Introspection, never a bad idea. (1+ / 0-)
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      I think we'd all benefit from doing that more, regardless of who we are.

      And by that I mean examing our lives, what we have, what we've done.

      Not spend the time trying to talk to a supernatural creature.

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