Trade As Existence in Reality
To exist we must trade one thing for another, constantly.
Life is lost in trade (substitution) for Death;
Life is gained from consuming Dead things.
Even the kindest person giving a gift, can be understood to be making a trade,
even though there may be no “expected immediate return”.
Always consider it a trade, even if it only ends up a gift.
This is not to say that we should be cruel in punishing slackers;
as there will always be those that do not want to give back in return.
In fact it may not be worth our time to continue dealing with such people,
so the best trade in that case is to avoid dealing with them.
This philosophical theory of the Universality of trade,
is in accordance with the idea of reciprocal gift giving;
even if the gifts are not exchanged simultaneously.
Even when we get something for free as a gift,
we owe a debt to good fortune; and more specifically to a person,
if indeed it was a person that gave the gift to us.
We always have something to give back in trade;
whether the trade is translated into goodwill, or a different media.
Also we should know that many people do not understand life in this way,
so we must be prepared to stop wasting time and effort trying to get them to accept the same law of nature that we do, in the same way that we do.
We cannot expect anything in return from some, because they will continue to accept gift after gift without trying to return the favors;
or they may refuse to be part of the trade process completely, and simply refuse all gifts.
Those people that will not participate in trading, or have trouble giving back in some form, should be avoided. Sometimes effort can be taken to understand how some people give back in ways that are not easy to realize, but in some cases it is not worth it.
If we feel things are too one sided, we know something must be done about it;
unless our gauge for such things is malfunctioning.
Often it is not worth arguing about;
simply give gifts, drop the subject, and accept the loss;
because trade is usually mutually beneficial;
therefore lack of trade is a mutual loss.
All gifts are a type of debt or credit.
Even good will or kindness is positive credit;
just as ill will or cruelty is a negative credit.
We that follow this rule, believe in giving to people that give to us.
Semantics can be confusing to some however,
especially if they want to see gifts separate from trade;
just remember it is really usually a difference in terminology,
despite the underlying behavior and actions being the same.
Another allowance should be that people may believe in this principle,
but factors will not presently allow for a trade, despite intentions.
“A Favor for a Favor”
If we want help, we have to be willing to give in return;
No matter if we are poor or rich.
if we only take without giving back to the one who gave;
it is a one sided relationship.
But by seeking equal or proportional trade, the relationship can be mutual.
Friendship should not be one-sided, unless it is between care-giver and cripple.
Accepting a gift, we should eventually return the favor for each gift, or sum total.
The sooner trade happens, the better; as it is a loan of good will.
Reciprocation of good will is a foundation of trust in a healthy community.
If you think you have nothing to give, think again; equal does not mean identical.
Time, money, talent, possessions… etc they can all be weighed in relation to eachother.
If we do not want to give, either we need to create more or stop accepting!
Even a poor family with mouths to feed,
has little excuse for not giving back to a person or community that gives.
It is by this criteria, that i judge who is a mutual friend, and who is not.
To lazy persons, who accept gifts without voluntarily soon giving in return,
I say “for frick’s sake! If you are not crippled, you should be.”
Harsh sometimes, but practical and kind over all.
This social contract, is a form of justice;
according to the Law of Reciprocal Maintenance.