Radical Gratitude

Alanis Morisette sang her song Thank U released in 1998: How 'bout getting off of these antibiotics How 'bout stopping eating when I'm full up How 'bout them transparent dangling carrots How 'bout that ever elusive kudo Thank U India Thank U terror Thank U disillusionment Thank U frailty Thank U consequence Thank U thank U silence When I first heard this song nearly two decades ago, the catharsis it produced in me was beyond description. Her particular words seemed particularly relevant to my particular situation, and each word sung stretched its arms to the sun like cosmic branches with all scenarios relating to their resonances dangling from them. So I've been contemplating, and occasionally prescribing gratitude for some time. Ingratitude, or inability to recognize or acknowledge the thankable (which can include the unthinkable) can be at least partially blamed for what I see as being like the nasty cruddy slime-ola stringy gloppy hair clumps clogging drains and pipes, and which in my [...]