07 April 2011

Gratitude and reverence

Insofar as the recipient of a gift accepts a lower status relative to the gift giver, gratitude is strongly associated with reverence. 
Neither gratitude nor reverence are virtues because they are really sentiments that motivate other sorts of actions but they are both virtuous sentiments whose experience and refinement we believe, as a noble civilization, we ought to cultivate in our fellows and in our members. 

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