What the New Atheists Don't See
If you empty the world of purpose, make it one of brute fact alone, you empty it (for many people, at any rate) of reasons for gratitude, and a sense of gratitude is necessary for both happiness and decency. For what can soon, and all too easily, replace gratitude is a sense of entitlement. Without gratitude, it is hard to appreciate, or be satisfied with, what you have: and life will become an existential shopping spree that no product satisfies.
The author of this article makes some of the same mistakes that gave rise to our discussion in the thread 'basis of morality' ... but in light of recent discussion about entitlement thinking, I wanted to preserve this quotation here for future referencem for when I am not typing one-handed.