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By Dale M. Schlitt

Generosity and Gratitude: A Philosophical Psalm provides expression, in unfastened verse, to our universal human event of generosity and gratitude. It opens with rejoicing on the presence of the abundance characterizing our international of sky, sea, and land, and laments in sorrow the shortage we event in that very same international. In cheerful reaction to abundance, the psalm maintains as a meditative mirrored image on singers making a song a tune. making a song serves as a version for figuring out generosity, which in flip corrects the lamentable scarcities we adventure. In making a song, or in any act of generosity, we enhance others with the reward of our personal loving presence. The psalm then celebrates gratitude because the excellent reaction to abundance coming up out of generosity. we're thankful for such abundance and grateful to these whose beneficiant activities are its resources, human and divine. Generosity and Gratitude: A Philosophical Psalm features a postscript that provides chosen short affirmations of numerous of the world’s spiritual and moral traditions touching on generosity and gratitude. This philosophically proficient psalm will supply enriching own studying and function a beneficial aspect of reference in philosophical, moral, and non secular discussions

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Yet, in this case, our singing does not just prolong the sad experience of selfishness. Rather, ideally it takes up that experience and repeats it, but this time in a more healing way. Words and music comfort us and give us a chance to place the selfishness in a new context. Our singing, even in lament and sorrow, brings comfort and consolation, especially if we are several singing together in support of one another when we have, perhaps together or on our own, 48 / Generosity and Gratitude experienced selfishness either around us or within ourselves.

Their once seemingly endless expanses offered what we felt were limitless possibilities. With our current population and concerns over pollution, those possibilities appear somewhat more limited. Still, today these lands continue to remind us of our place in nature and in the natural scheme of things. The large majority of us find on them a place to live and work. It is on these lands that we tend to build our cities. We find most of our fresh water on these lands. Here too we grow much of our food, whether it be acre upon acre of golden wheat or tasselled corn, healthy vegetables and sweet fruits, or feed and fodder for animals we raise.

This extravagantly abundant universe that we have discovered and that has revealed itself to us as potentially enriching has become the wider context within which we can, 16 / Generosity and Gratitude in a new and more realistic way, situate, understand and appreciate our earthly home and, indeed, our very selves. We had already gained a wholly new view of ourselves when astronauts sent back from space and from the moon pictures of our glorious sapphire blue planet. For a moment it seemed as if we, around the world, were, all together, one psalmist singing, in unison, of our home planet.

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