11 April 2011

Trafficking in dignity

To be able to give a gift signifies autonomy. Autonomy represents the self-possession required to establish a relationship. 
Autonomy is in large measure something others confer on you. The dignity that comes with autonomy needs to be recognized by your circle of honor. That dignity comes about in the processes of gift exchange. 
The rituals of gift exchange engender the trafficking in dignity that ennobles people to attempt great things. 

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