This is the time of year when I should write something trite and mundane about all the things we have to be thankful for. However, I’m not going to do that. I must admit that, this year, I feel sad and discouraged.
Don’t get me wrong. I have much to be thankful for. However, judging from the news, the world is run by people who aren’t thankful. I see a lot of ungrateful, entitled spoiled brats.
Take the American big business community. They have forgotten or they don’t care that their wealth comes from millions of working Americans. Lay-offs? Out sourcing? Polluting our air and water? Driving once profitable companies into the ground? Who cares? As long as it drives up profits and stock prices and they make their millions.
Hollywood is another example. They deride and insult Americans with traditional values. They act as if they know better than millions of Americans, and they consider those people to be idiots. Yet, they still expect them to buy tickets for the movies and watch the TV shows they produce.
I think of all the dictators in the world who brutalize and terrorize their people. Every last one of them has an ungrateful heart and feels entitled.
Swedish climate activist Great Thunberg doesn’t appear to have a grateful heart. In her ranting about how the older generation has done nothing about climate change, do you suppose she could thank her elders who worked to make sure her generation was the wealthiest, healthiest, best fed, best housed, best clothed, and best educated in the history of the world? Maybe she just doesn’t know any better.
Consider Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. She joins an unfortunately long list of athletes who sound ungrateful and entitled. She’s proof that female athletes can be as loutish as their male counterparts. I guess that’s what you call equality.
Do you suppose she could express some gratitude that the United States has provided more opportunities for women and girls to play soccer than any other nation on Earth? That’s why our women keep winning the World Cup.
Don’t get me started about the politicians. On second thought, please get me started. From President Donald Trump on down, I see an incredible number of ungrateful, entitled spoiled brats.
President Trump wants everyone to think he’s the greatest at everything. He boasts about his business acumen, and he wants people to think he’s a self-made man. The fact is, he would’ve been nowhere without his father’s money.
Some described the President this way: he’s like a baseball player who was sent in to pinch-run at third base, but he tells you he got there by hitting a triple.
As for the Democrats, they are Entitled Brat City. After Hilary Clinton lost the 2016 election, they should’ve tried to figure out how to work with President Trump, and done some research and soul-searching to understand why they lost the election.
Instead, they have kept up a self-righteous temper tantrum for more than three years. They act as if the American people are stupid for electing Trump. They have done everything they can to undermine him and drive him from office. I’ve said this before: they hate President Trump so much, that, if he took up knitting, they’d want to ban needles.
They’re setting themselves up for a big loss in 2020.
What makes for a grateful, thankful heart? It comes from love, and the humility that comes with love. It comes from understanding that you deserve virtually nothing, and that you owe everything to the people around you.
That’s the real problem. There are too many unloving people in the world today, particularly in high places. Like the old song says, love is the only thing there’s just too little of.
I am thankful that I do see a lot of loving, thankful people. I think of the police officers, fire fighters, and other first responders who put their lives on the line every day for the rest of us. I think of the people who work and volunteer at places like the food bank, the animal shelter and St. Vincent’s. I think of teachers who educate our children. I think of medical workers. I think of countless families where parents and children work together and respect and honor each other.
If I wished for anything this Thanksgiving, it would be that we would all love each other more. Then we would develop thankful and grateful hearts.
Jesus said we should all love each other. That’s something we would do well to follow.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!