Thanksgiving is this Thursday here in the States, and while I partake in the annual fest of overeating to the point of gluttony-induced sleepiness/self-loathing and pretending to like my relatives, I’ll remind myself that it’s also the time of the year when we look at our lives and think of the things we are grateful for.
Sometimes it’s difficult to make a grateful for list, particularly when there are so many things out there to complain about
…and especially when your fourth favorite philosopher is Schopenhauer.
The German philosophers are such a dour bunch, aren’t they?
As just an average Joe, I’m thankful for my health and my friends and family. I’m thankful that my brain is functioning properly (knock on wood) and that, at the present moment, I have little reason to believe that I am under the influence of an evil demon or a brain in a vat.
I’m thankful that I added on a second major to study philosophy.
I give thanks that I was never assigned to read Heidegger.
Or Ayn Rand.
I’m thankful for Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and the Categorical Imperative.
Who knew that would come in handy?
I’m thankful that I don’t have to read another analytic philosopher…unless I want to.
I’m thankful that nearly every dumb decision Rick Grimes has ever made just goes to show how stupid utilitarianism really is.
I’m thankful for that stupid “you have to have a high IQ to understand Rick and Morty” meme.
I’m thankful for Rick and Morty. Monty Python, Star Trek, reality t.v., and The Walking Dead.
I’m thankful for Daryl Dixon.
Oh god, there I go. I admit it. I AM GRATEFUL FOR DARYL DIXON.
I’m thankful my professors made me read Leo Strauss and Plato.
I’m thankful for The Philosopher’s Toolkit.
I’m thankful for Wikipedia.
I give thanks for Rolling Rock Beer.
I’m thankful that Logical Positivism shows that even smart people can come up with bad ideas.
I’m thankful for self-publishing.
And Slavoj Žižek memes.
As I shovel one last bite of turkey and stuffing into my Mr. Creosote-sized belly, I will give thanks for all the people who get Nietzsche so dreadfully wrong that their misadventures in nihilism will give me many years’ worth of material to write about.
I am grateful for all my cool philosophy classmates who became cool philosophical friends.
I’m grateful that people know we need philosophers, too.
Lastly, I’m grateful for you. Yep. YOU. All of you folks out there reading this little, dumb blog of mine. I’m grateful for all of you who take time out of your day to read the musings of this self-proclaimed philosopher and pop culture enthusiast.
Thank you all from the bottom of my mindlessly philosophical heart.