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What are atheists grateful to? Are you grateful to the Big Bang or evolution, or something that started the Big Bang?

Grateful that I’m free to perform acts of kindness because I [b]want[/b] to, and not from a fear of eternal punishment if I don’t.
@TheWildEcho I don't think she was trying to insult you. I'll be a little more quizzical, what do you consider acts that are good? They do vary you know, but I think most agree on basic levels fundamentally.
TheWildEcho · 56-60, M
@thewindupbirdchronicles yes I didn't take it as an insult, just a little surprised as never been called that before!! I'm just an ordinary fella who experienced God as a teenager and have had a personal relationship with Him ever since. If I can help people out along the way I'll try, but not doing anything for reward or fear!!
Dino11 · M
@bijouxbroussard That makes sense to me.
Is it necessary to be grateful to something/somebody to be able to live peacefully and with love in sync with the nature?
Sneedville · 22-25, F
@ABCDEF7 probably not necessary
For me being [i]grateful for[/i] is more important than being [i]grateful to[/i].

If I focus on being [i]grateful to[/i], then as a non-atheist (non-nihilist?) I end up being grateful to just one thing for everything. God, Being, Life, whatever one might want to call it.

Sure. That is good.

But being [i]grateful for[/i] makes me aware that everything I enjoy has much more beneath it. I’m eating a bagel now, but I have this leisure because a lot of people have made it happen. At deep levels. The ER attending not letting me die a few years ago— so I can eat a bagel now. That people are doing a lot of dirty work to just let society exist so that eating a bagel is a possibility.

I find focusing on [i]grateful to[/i] can make people indifferent to all the interdependence in life. God put that bagel on my plate, nobody else. So why show any gratitude beyond that? But I find focusing on [i]grateful for[/i] naturally brings one to [i]grateful to[/i].
Alfarrobas · 31-35, M
@CopperCicada if i understood what you meant. That is just a good way of seeing things
Ferric67 · M
@CopperCicada very good summary and more people need to be aware of this principle
Trappedmermaidsoul · 26-30, F
A belief in God is not necessary for gratitude, there’s plenty of non-theistic religions and philosophies that practice gratitude and love without a belief in God.

Buddhists for example don’t believe in God or worship a god but practice gratitude and love as a major part of their life.

Types of non theistic religions

Certain sects of Hinduism
Allelse · 31-35, M
Grateful to? Due to my short lifespan the initial expansion of the universe from the singularity and the evolutionary process has very little to do with me as I wont be around long enough to see the universe or our species, and the other species around the world, continue to change. And since there is no answer as to 'why' when it comes to the matter of existence then I'm left to decide instead how I feel about it, and how I feel about the fact that I am apart of existence and that I do exist, and that I came into existence without of my consent. So having said all that, I exist and I've not always had the best of it but I cant blame existence for that since it is indifferent; so what am I grateful for? I'm grateful for the things that make my time existing as peaceful, secure, safe, wonderful and joyfully interesting as possible. I say joyfully interesting because interesting doesn't always mean peaceful, secure, safe, wonderful or joyful.
Dino11 · M
I just was taught the difference between right and wrong, no complex religion, just common sense.
Fluffybull · F
You mean "grateful for"?
ChipmunkErnie · 70-79, M
For having logical minds.
Pikachu ·
I don't feel grateful toward anything for my mere existence.
But when i'm thinking of something like having access to unlimited, clean drinking water I just experience a non-specific gratitude for my situation.
BigBulge · 41-45, M
I'm grateful that I can think for myself, and not worship some magic guy in the sky.
Peaceandnamaste · 26-30, F
@BigBulge Energy cannot be created or destroyed, I’m Native American so don’t disrespect my culture
Peaceandnamaste · 26-30, F
@BigBulge You just disrespected my culture by calling it crazy talk, respect the Native Americans, white people almost killed us off.
Peaceandnamaste · 26-30, F
@BigBulge racist! You’re racist against Native Americans
DocSavage · M
Something ?
That implies that the Big Bang was an intentional event. I myself simply accept the fact I’m here. The why, again implies , intent. There doesn’t have to be any.
Mier91 · 26-30, M
They’re jacking off to their Neil Degrass Tyson and Stepen Hawking posters in their mom’s basements.
Trappedmermaidsoul · 26-30, F
Not sure who downvoted me, I have VIP so I can see the person who downvoted me.
Peaceandnamaste · 26-30, F
I’m grateful to Nature and the Universe for being alive.
Alison · 46-50, F
im greatful that Im so awesome, I put work into it
Punxi · 26-30, F
I genuflect in prayer to express the gratitude in my heart for no othet reason than to give it voice. My faith is in God alone, never tied by the restraints of any one defined religion. The conflicts of existence, creation or evolution have no impact on the spirit I was born with nor a check list of whom I'm thankful to.
BohemianBoo · 18-21, M
I'm grateful to be alive.
markansas · 61-69, M
not grateful for anything.. it is what it is.. could be happening else where in space as you read this.. who know.
Adstar · 56-60, M
As a Christian i am grateful to God for everything apart from my existence..
Ferric67 · M
I'm grateful for everything in the here and now
Alfarrobas · 31-35, M
Why should be grateful?
checkoutanytime · 41-45, M
They worship toxic rain.

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