Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 1, 2012, 2:08 a.m. EST by nickbor
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Obviously the monetary system has its flaws, and there is no such thing as the perfect economy, but the gift exchange economy has seen a real resurgence in modern times and it may be the most ethical economy. For those of you whom do not know the internet is largely a gift exchange economy for it is the giving and receiving of ideas and information, and it has been proven to work. People celebrate Christmas by giving and receiving, and the Buddha started a gift exchange economy in his day in age. The original Buddhist monks used no money, they gave knowledge and wisdom in exchange for food. What if everyday was like Christmas? what if the only reason someone worked was to give to someone other than themselves? The act of giving or helping another because it is the right thing to do creates mutual happiness. I'm not saying that we should have everyday be a day in which we over spoil each other, just that everyday would be a day of gift exchange. The way I see it this is what heaven on Earth would look like. In this type of economy peer pressure would be the limiting factor in determining how much a person gives or receives, but there can be some dissatisfaction for those whom view giving to another as a burdensome obligation. What do you think? Am I right? Do the examples I gave prove it works?