During the holiday season, atheists are often asked what we are thankful for since we have no belief in any god, why do we even celebrate either Thanksgiving or Christmas? Over the years I have to say for myself that the question has become annoying. It seems that to many there is no reason for an atheist to be thankful for anything. What does a beliief in a god have to do with thankfulness?
Yes, I know that people thank their god for their health and prosperity over the last year, and for their families as well. But why does that take a belief in a god to be thankful? It’s that many believe that their god has watched over them and that their continued worship will make the next year even better. Aren’t there believers though who’ve not done as well, have been through a tragedy, or something else that’s been negative for them? It doesn’t take some god to be thankful for making ends meet, just survuving the last year.
Atheists are thankful for the same things believers are, the exception is that we don’t give credit to any god for our year. We love and cherish our families, we remember the bad as well as the good that has occurred, and we are thankful to our family and friends for being who they are. No god is required.
So, as we navigate this holiday season, don’t forget those that have been there in a time of need, or those that have celebrated with us the good that has happened. Be thanksul to all of those people and remember that without that support, we’d have no need for any of this.