File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 456


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 15:07:02 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] Gift Economy / Spaceship Earth / Generosity


Hello Hobey,

I am a long time puppeteer, and a recent fan of yours.
      My policy is generosity too, so  is that the same thing as  
practicing gift economy?
I understand being generous of spirit, doing many free-o's, being a  
support to others, and materially generous.  Hey ... do you need  
anything??
And I do this whenever possible too.
I understand helping others without hesitation, to life and death, and  
without even knowing those many people.
FDNY 23 yrs. goes beyond payday, on and off duty, for life. We never  
expected anything back for saving someone, their mother or their son.
And yes we got paid, but I don't know anyone who signs up for the pay.
Under the heel of the Baron Rudolph Giuliani, curse him, Firefighters  
got zero's through 5 years of contract negotiations, Ronny Rayguns  
tried to end all unions, ( 9% of US workers are now unionized down  
from 34 %), and a new firefighter with 4 children  is eligible for  
food stamps. I never saw that change the way New York City  
Firefighters performed their daily work. We expected nothing in  
return, and that is just what we got. in addition to reduced vacation,  
loss of personal leave day, blood day, OT benefits, no COLA, firehouse  
closings, reduced manning, Faulty 1967 radios responsible for hundreds  
of Firefighters deaths on 9/11, Bitter? maybe ... BUT,  We never  
expected anything other than anyone else doing their job.
I also never missed a performance, except during a rare ice storm last  
year because of which I could not get out of my driveway let alone to  
Goat on a Boat theater in Sag Harbor.
In puppetry I am so much more into the Art end of things than the  
business end, that I do not think of my shows or films or puppets in  
terms of money.
I have used puppetry to balance this wacky world since 1959. semi-pro  
for the last 20 , since 1989.
Always try to do the right thing.
I think we agree here.
I am totally into the mind-set;
be generous whenever possible.
To be a big help is very fulfilling, and yet I do agree Small things  
do matter.
I feel and act this way, no matter what comes back around, and more  
often than not ... nothing does.
It does not daunt me, I shall remain generous, and gifty in the Big  
and the Little.
But , I say humbly that I will never expect anything back, nor is it a  
motivating factor, when being said generous.
So .. I am undecided although doubtful of a working gift economy.
Still Friends?
Hey ... What do you need?
Thanks for responding ... I was expecting a barrage back after the  
length of thread.
Yours in Generosity

Art



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