15 May 2011

The whiff of obligation

"... the more obligatory giving is, the less receivers feel grateful." (The Gift of Thanks, Margaret Visser, 2008; page 27) 
The growth of government programs, which have about them the whiff of obligation, would therefore reasonably have the effect of lowering the quotient of gratitude in a society. 
Our conjecture is that miqdash is about tempering such obligatory giving and returning into the social order the possibilities for the appreciation of gratitude. 

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