07 April 2011

The autonomy of the person

The term 'gratitude' or 'grateful' derive from the term 'gratis' or free. 
These terms imply the autonomy of the person who feels and expresses the sentiment. To be able to initiate something for free is to be able to exercise autonomy. 
When the man says there’s no such thing as a free lunch he is saying deeply there’s no such thing as autonomy.

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