dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

The question of gratitude......

Now that we're about to have our noses rubbed in the fact that John (who thinks that a dollar a week allowance is a princely sum because he doesn't realize that it's not 1959 any more) thinks that Mike is showing insufficient gratitude for getting an insufficient allowance, it behooves us to consider how often the Pattersons are grateful for anything. A simple keyword search yields an amazing result. Searching for the word 'thank' as a subject yields no results whatsoever; the same goes for the word "thanks" and "thanked". When one uses them as punchlines, the results are, well, dissatisfying; the verb "to thank" is almost always used either ironically or sarcastically. One sees a similar thing with 'grateful' and 'gratitude' itself. As a subject, grateful is used as a means of expressing dissatisfaction while as a tag line, it's used to complain about being old and feeble. Gratitude, on the other hand, is used sparingly as a subject and used as a punchline when someone wants to be patronizing. This paints a rather alarming picture of a group of people who don't really appreciate the blessings lavished upon them any more than they're thankful for the people around them.
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