â€œThank Goodnessâ€ is quality essay about being thankful from the perspective of philosopher and atheist Dan Dennet after he suffered a â€œdissection of the aortaâ€â€”the lining of the main output vessel carrying blood from his heart had been torn up.
[W]hereas religions may serve a benign purpose by letting many people feel comfortable with the level of morality they themselves can attain, no religion holds its members to the high standards of moral responsibility that the secular world of science and medicine does! And Iâ€™m not just talking about the standards â€˜at the topâ€™â€”among the surgeons and doctors who make life or death decisions every day. Iâ€™m talking about the standards of conscientiousness endorsed by the lab technicians and meal preparers, too. This tradition puts its faith in the unlimited application of reason and empirical inquiry, checking and re-checking, and getting in the habit of asking â€œWhat if Iâ€™m wrong?â€ Appeals to faith or membership are never tolerated. Imagine the reception a scientist would get if he tried to suggest that others couldnâ€™t replicate his results because they just didnâ€™t share the faith of the people in his lab! And, to return to my main point, it is the goodness of this tradition of reason and open inquiry that I thank for my being alive today.