10 April 2011

A gift's vagueness

Allocation needs to be clear; apportionment needs to be vague. 
We need to understand better the value of a gift's vagueness to comprehend better how the apportionment mechanism works in society. The vagueness is a reflection of the complexity of the apportionment function, how it is that belonging is multi-layered and many-facetted. When we give a gift many motives could be propelling the act from generosity or gratitude to honor and reputation to manipulation and social ambition, and they could all be operating simultaneously and even contradictorily. 
The multiplicity of the structure of motive bespeaks our human character’s complexity. 

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