07 April 2011

The forces of deservedness

Gratitude has two faces. It comes of the appreciation of another's goodness; and it engenders the exercise of goodness in honor of that appreciation. 
  • Goodness is what is organized by the forces of deservedness. 
  • Goodness propels the alternating disequilibrium of gift exchange around the violation of deservedness through the creative act. 
  • Goodness begets goodness as an expression of gratitude around the recipient's sense of humility before one’s experience of one’s own undeservedness and in the face of the witness of the giver's spontaneous kindness. 

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