I didn’t want to make a Thanksgiving post, and it’s after Thanksgiving Day, but I keep seeing nonsense on the internet about how Thanksgiving is a day where we all sit around and thank our imaginary friend of choice for all of the very real things we have. Professional retard, Ben Shapiro tweeted “Unreal that Obama doesn’t mention God in Thanksgiving message. Militant atheist. To whom does he think we are giving thanks?”.
You know who I gave thanks to?
Shes the one who cooked all of the food. Cooking an elaborate meal is not easy to do, but she did it. She also washed a bunch of dishes. There was no deity that came down to wash the dishes or prepare the meal. It was 100% natural and it was 100% her effort.
You know who she gave thanks to?
I bought all of the food. I paid for all of the dishes we ate it off of and I paid for the electricity that our oven uses. I paid the rent for the apartment we ate in. There was no sky magician who rained gold coins down on me, nor is there a sky magician running my business, paying my rent, or paying my taxes. It was 100% natural and it was 100% my effort.
If you want to take a step back, we could thank the grocery store for stocking the food and selling it to me. We could take another step back and thank the truckers who drove it there, the gas refineries that made the fuel and the machinery companies that built the trucks. If you want to take another step back, we could thank the oil companies that pumped up the oil that became gasoline for the trucks, the miners who mined the ore for the metal in the trucks and the processing plants that processed the food. Take it a step further back, and we’re thanking the farmers who grew the food.
What’s missing from all of this?
No deities had any hand in my minor Thanksgiving celebration. Why waste time thanking someone’s imaginary friend, when lots of real effort went into the creation of that meal?
Plus, the leap of logic in Shapiro’s tweet is mind boggling. Not mentioning something is now somehow equivalent to hostility to it. Huzzah.