Reciprocity

No need for anyone to be poor? There is always reciprocity.

Maggie, as usual is trying to find her voice.  Perhaps if that silly old Granny would disappear … Maggie cannot think clearly when Granny goes on and on about nothing. 

So what is this about reciprocity? Is it Fair Trade? Is it expecting good value for your tax dollars?

Maybe reciprocity could involve receiving a decent wage for the work you perform. And what exactly is meant by “work” and who gets to decide what is meant by a “decent wage”?

Take artwork for example. Maggie has long been criticized by family and others because she apparently doesn’t want to sell her artwork. It has been suggested by a friend and colleague that she should try selling her work at one dollar per square inch. That sounded reasonable. Then a financial expert came along with some free advice. She should sell her work for a different price. Maggie measured the piece and did the math.
This latest bit of friendly advice meant that she would be charging 10 cents a square inch. That would hardly even pay the cost of material. So where does reciprocity come in?

Perhaps Maggie could seek advice from more than one expert and one friend and colleague.

Getting back to the part where Maggie apparently is not interested in selling her work, does this mean she is not interested in earning a living?

What sort of person is this? Does she expect society to provide for her every need? Does she feel no sense of responsibility for herself?

In searching out answers to these questions Maggie came across the odd terms ‘Homo economicus’ and ‘Homo reciprocans’.

What on earth is next? Homo hetrodoxicus?

And what about Maggie? Should she complain about being seen as worth only 10 cents a square inch? There are people who are so much worse off. Maggie, at least is not homeless.

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