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The Rule of Reciprocation

I heard a very interesting story on NPR while driving to work this morning. “Give and Take: How the Rule of Reciprocation Binds Us.”

“Essentially thou shall not take without giving in return.”

As the title suggests, it explores how most of us feel an obligation to respond to gifts, hospitality, acts of kindness, etc from others. Although in real life, I find there are about as many law-breakers as there are law-abiding citizens. I hope I’m not a “reciprocation criminal.”