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Intro Boy in Wheelchair Lift: Good morning Sports Racers. Knowledge is getting on the bus.

Ze: Thanks buddy.

Thank you. Funny words, right?

We throw them around quite a bit, when doors are held open, when money's exchanged, when applications are rejected.

"Thank you for your patience."

It's surprising that thank you isn't more damaged than it is considering all its casual uses.

At its weakest, it's an automated response devoid of emotion. Syllables of social currency that say, "Yes, I'm still willing to participate in this world and I acknowledge your efforts to do the same."

Thanks man.

Evil geniuses don't say thank you because they don't care that we exist.

Even when their gratitude's apparent, small children have to be trained to vocalize their thanks:

[Stern mother] "What do you say to the nice man that gave you a lollipop?"

[Child] "Uh, now I have a lollipop?"

[Stern mother] "No, we say thank you."

[Child] "Now I have a lollipop thank you?"

It comes in handy later in life when you don't actually feel anything but you're still obligated to fulfill that social contract.

The actual feeling of gratitude can be hard to come by.

Like most emotions, you can't just conjure it up when you're given a pair of lime-green wool socks.

In these cases your sincerity doesn't need to be measured by whether or not your words match the appreciation that you feel.

Instead your sincerity can be measured by your honest desire to make the other person feel good, feel appreciated.

These sorts of thank you's are a gift. A special sacrificial gift, since a thank you doesn't expect a thank you in return.

And then there's the rare kind.

The kind of thank you that begins with an overwhelming sense of humility.

A sense that you're vulnerable. A sense of appreciation for things outside of your control.

Whether this feeling's focused on a loved one, a stranger, or some sense of the unknown, realize it's fleeting and it's worth acting upon.

That sort of thank you is a graceful bow to life.

It's in that spirit that I'd like to thank you today.

Thank you for helping to create something much stranger and much more interesting than I could've imagined.

Thank you for your pictures, your words, your remixes to Ray.

Thank you for the candy and the slices of bread you laid on the ground.

Thanks for the logos.

Thanks for helping RunningFool in his upcoming attempt to traverse the country using only Sports Racers for lodging and travel.

Thanks for helping Awed Job make a music video for Ray.

And the Girly Sports Racer Genius Grant.

The intros and the Power Moves.

The ideas.

The transcripts.

The duckies!

Thank you.



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