The Value of Gift Exchanges
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 16 December 2012, Question 4
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 16 December 2012, I answered a question on the value of gift exchanges.
What is the purpose of exchanging gifts during the holidays? To me, gift exchanges seem meaningless: they're a waste of time and money. What am I missing?
My Answer, In Brief: The practicing of gift exchange can be deeply meaningful, as a way of revealing your knowledge and affection for another person, as well as integrating your lives. If instead you're feeling burdened and unseen, then it's time to change your practices.
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