File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 374

Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 12:02:59 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Gift Economy

On Nov 22, 2008, at 11:55 AM, Gregory Ballora wrote:
> On Nov 22, 2008, at 9:01 AM, Christopher Hudert wrote:
>> The biggest worm to tame seems to be
>> the very nature of the inequity of the gift - one may be extremely
>> "gifted" while another is lacking.
> Seems like two different kinds of gift working here. One is the gift
> of a thing outside of yourself, like a loaf of bread, a poem, a
> refrigerator. The idea of trying to find equity with these and to
> make it all fair is sort of like putting a price on it. So you are
> basically back to money.
> The other idea of a gift is the gifts we all have inside ourselves,
> our ability to create, love, produce, care. Those are unequal and
> basically tend to lead to what our society values- your salary. Money
> can be seen as a way of quantifying the gifts. It is just that we, as
> artists, don't always agree with how things are quantified. Why is a
> lawyer's time worth so much more than mine?
> For a Gift society to work, doesn't it seem that everyone would have
> to be assured of what they all agree are the necessities? Then the
> gifts are solely for what might desire, but not need. The impossible
> part is that everyone needs to agree on what is necessary, and what
> is just desirable, and to actually be content to live with only what
> is necessary. Then the gifts are freely given-no strings attached.
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