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November 28, 2013 9:34 AM Holiday Open Thread

By Ed Kilgore

From E.J. Dionne’s Thanksgiving column at WaPo:

If faith without works is dead, gratitude without generosity of spirit is empty. By reminding us of how much we owe to others, or to social arrangements, or to fate, or to God, gratitude creates an obligation to repay our debts by repairing injustices and reaching out to those whom luck has failed. Gratitude is a response to acts of love. It demands more of the same — nothing more, nothing less.

I’m grateful today for life and health and kind care-givers. Please take advantage of this open thread to share any thanksgivings you have, as Mother’s Finest performs “Thank You For the Love.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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