I must have been absent that day at law school.
I don’t think they ever taught us once about the power of unreciprocated gifts, about real economics being a structure built on mutual support and generosity.
They did show us the ethical rule book, where chapter 9 allows a lawyer to charge a client whatever they want (“fair and reasonable”). I remember the lecturer winking ;) and then came a sense of hungry law students, craving the chance to make money.
Actually I don’t think generosity was mentioned to us once.
It appears we are brainwashed. It doesn’t occur to us that there is any alternative to “How much should I charge, how much can I make”
The internet is built on sharing. Facebook, Google, Yahoo. It is clearly leading the way. It is clearly the best future. Kim Dot Com is at the forefront in supporting this. That gives us a right to support him back.
To not see gifts as a way forward, likely means we have never actually given gifts.
We would then assume our economic backbone (drill more oil, milk more cows, get more tourist) as the way forward. We would support Key.
Gifts are special. That rush of euphoria when you receive one, or the equal feeling when you give one. To go without or to just give a beer for using Johns car. That’s pathetic.
If you where to find giving gifts without a return uncomfortable. Surely that’s a good enough reason for you to find out why?
Now’s the time to build, create, make and design the future. Don’t expect return.