How do we define it?
What are some examples?
What are some good related stories?
How do we define it?
What are some examples?
What are some good related stories?
I really like the morals of the Lewis Hyde’s “Gift” I also liked how he coined up the states of tale as somewhat being in between a dream state and the not so real.
Q1: What is Hyde’s idea of a gift? Does it exist in our society, perhaps under a different name? How might it be more a part of our society?
AN: It’s seems as though form of natural resources of anything value is placed on, that allows us appreciate the quality of life could be a gift. at first I questioned why we would come together to show that level of respected or in celebratory union only to past this gift on to someone ells. but in a way I think it’s only serves as a representation of life, life is always the gift that keeps on giving. that’s why it was so natural for the mother and the mother spirits in the form a birds felt so right. the act of giving also is a form of saying we are not alone, so when we give there’s that feeling of warmth and compassion that which makes us human.
For me I think this gift diffidently exist in our society today, I think for me it’s between love and compassion. And it could more apart of our lives and our society if we begin to practice more towards one another, teach it to our every living person.
Q2: Describe a commons that you interact with regularly. What are the official or unofficial rules that regulate that commons? Who enforces those rules? Does it work and is it sustainable?
I don’t correctly interact any particular commons on a regular basest, but I grew-up on farm lands that was in the state of what appeared to be a small common between family and friends who shared the spaces they owned, they planted a raised life stock that could support everyone in different seasons different platforms would be take turn to fill the slot. I don’t think any one person or persons was in-charge people just work towards one gold and there can’t be any selfishness, where the self strive others fail, if one group wants and needs become more than everyone elise, it creates division and set-backs which leads to a breakdown and one for them selves, there as to be lots of compromising, be able to meet each other part way. this sounds easy but is very hard to achieve.
Q3: Think back to the Prisoner’s Dilemma game that we played in class. What are ways in which we can keep people from acting solely out of self interests?
AN: For the common good, I feel every person has at less one or two needs and desires, that needs to be fulfilled, and when we can make that exchange between us, a chain reaction starts that makes us feel more alive ad apart of something, whether it’s a social group or common I feel this follow of energies, lets call it freedom of spontaneous combustion. I feel when we are able to make the exchange in others this reaction could be an endless turn over in emotional residual investments. each person has their own needs and wants so working together investing in each others well being. I think the future might star to become more promising. the gift of the dead of night will prove to be a richer more successful new day.
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This is a little bit of a side track but I really had to put it up here before got into my responds for The Gift. Reading the article reminds me of two works that really inspired me in the past.
First is a work of my favorite Thai comic artist, Wisut Ponnimit, in the piece where he published on his own website for free after battle with so many copyright violation on his work, ‘Give’ (sort by name before reading, English translation provided on the caption.)
The second one is a last track song in John Mayer’s second album, Heavier Things. The song called ‘Wheel’. Could be a perfect backing track while reading my post.
Here’s the presso
A group called Artefacting has an interesting banking project called Blood Bank coming up at No Longer Empty’s group show called How Much Do I Owe You? The show will make use of an old bank in Long Island City, and the Blood Bank project will be happen in one of the store fronts. Exchange is based on the value of blood, people can donate blood or stories about their relationship to it.
From their site: “Citizens will come together to tell their stories and participate in an Artefacting of what compels people to give, all the way through their donation of blood. Bloodbank is an online video registry and a storefront art incubator space where the social dynamics of blood and everyday gifting will fuse as a multimedia experience.”
The show opens Wednesday December 12th at 7:00. Caroline Woolard will have a piece in it, I think produced in conjunction with some of her students.
The Utopia reading, on some of the problematic obstacles that could erode our utopian ideas, I think technology is going to be the answer to secure that safe haven. The idea of Green luxurious Utopia not everyone feels the freedom of buying into does conventional lifestyles. I con where it becomes the artist who already have that mind-set for balance and beautician, to elevate some of the strain living in urban cities. Idea of the city in the Utopia forever ready is very far scaped and futuristic, where the city structure takes on the form of living breading organism. It is an over worked idea of portraying an green city. But I think we get the message. For what we should strive for
Here are a couple of questions and notes of interest I pulled from the reading for this week, Keith Hart’s The Memory Bank; Exchange in the Human Economy.
Why does Hart call money a Memory Bank? What archival and communicative powers does he associate with money?
What does Hart think might be the possible redemptive qualities of money and markets?
Adam Smith wrote that the idea of exchange came from a deep seated propensity of human nature. In other words, he says its a natural thing.
“It is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals, which seem to know neither this nor any other species of contracts … Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog. Nobody ever saw one animal by its gestures and natural cries signify to another, this is mine, that yours; I am willing to give this for that (1961:17).”
Smith acknowledged a degree of social complexity in the transactions: the idea of contract, private property (mine and yours) and equivalence (fairness), none of which could plausibly be traced to the non-human world.
People who participate in markets are willing to give up their goods in return for payment; and their customers then have the right to do what they like with those goods as well. This is so common that we think of it as normal or “natural.” It is in fact quite rare within the range of known human societies. What gives buyer and seller confidence that they each have the rights to deal with commodities as they do? The power of state law reinforces their contract and usually supports the money involved. They may operate as isolated individuals only because of the huge social apparatus backing their exchange.
Money and markets thus have their origin in the effort to extend society beyond its local core.
Notes on Marx’s Capital: people ought to control machines and through them money, but reality is the reverse, money controls both machines and people.
Marx felt the political task of the people should then be to reverse this phenomenon.
Commodity: useful product of labor, which by means of a social abstraction, is endowed with the value of exchange.
When we do things for each other in society, have to detach these commodities for external consumption from what we do for ourselves.
This draws us into interdependence, the most inclusive of which are exchanges of money
Hart’s take on the evolution of a commodity:
Hart feels that money is the principal means for us all to bridge the gap between everyday personal experience and a society whose wider reaches are impersonal.
Money separates and bridges between public and domestic life
Money is a ‘memory bank’ (Hart 2000), a store allowing individuals to keep track of those exchanges they wish to calculate and, beyond that, a source of economic memory for the community.
Instruments to keep track of exchanges, as well as to calculate the balance of “their worth to the community”
One of money’s chief functions is remembering
Says: two great means of communication are language and money (!)