Re: Projected thanksgiving

Kennita Watson (
Thu, 27 Nov 1997 12:34:12 +0000

Kathryn Aegis wrote:
> Transhumanists can extend thanks into the future. Take a few minutes to
> contemplate what we will create in years to come, and give thanks for
> living at a time wherein we live on the brink of obtaining the knowledge
> and resources to make dreams reality.

This sounds wonderful. It also brings up something I haven't been able
to get a handle on. Give thanks to who (or what)? I fancy myself a
fairly rational sort, but often I feel thankful, in large ways or small.
For example, if I'm running late and I make it across the railroad tracks
just before the train barrier comes down, I'll sometimes say "Thank you",
and immediately stop and think "Thank who?". "The universe" is the best
I've been able to do. But I don't imagine an anthropomorphized universe
giving me favors, and consciously I know it was just chance that I made
it across the tracks, so why doesn't "Oh good!" seem sufficient?


Kennita Watson                     | Strictly as one human to another,                 |       Live long and prosper.  |