At the moment of our conception we are what we have received through no merit of our own. We have arrived in this world having decided nothing, sustained nothing and done nothing. All we have done is receive well.
Whatever we are are at that moment of our conception is the biological best we have received from those who conceived us. From this unique beginning called ‘me’ I move outward into my experience of this world while continuously finding myself supported by things I did not produce and things I do not sustain. I breath air I did not create or sustain. I drink water I did not create or sustain. I eat food I did not create or sustain. I live and move among others who were brought to life here and sustained by others as I have been.
To not acknowledge my debt to things and people I did not create and I do not sustain is the most basic of sins against reality. And it is from this lack of gratitude for what we have received that so many evils grow in us and around us. Where a spirit of ingratitude is strong, so is sin which is the inability to love as one should love. Where love stops ingratitude is always in the background.
Regardless of one’s vision of life and reality can anyone truly defend a human spirit that has no gratitude? Would it be too much to ask all humans to be grateful for the good things they have not created or sustained?
A society that is not thankful wants to die while God wants us to live.
“…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God concerning you.” I Thess. 5:18