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Be Thankful For All You Have To Grumble About
November 23, 2016

“Oh, don’t the days seem lank and long / When all goes right and nothing goes wrong, / And isn’t your life extremely flat / With nothing whatever to grumble at!”

— Gilbert and Sullivan

At this shank end of a shabby year, Americans still can be thankful: They don’t have the problem of nothing to grumble about.

As we steel ourselves for Thanksgiving’s obligatory routs and revels — does anyone really like turkey? or Uncle Ralph, who keeps turning up, like a bad penny? — Americans are cudgeling their brains for reasons to feel gratitude. So, herewith a call for everyone to temper gloom with lucidity. Things could be worse. And they often have been while Americans nevertheless were giving thanks.