Mandatory Generosity

I have a collection of peculiar personal policies.  From the non-use of towels, to failing to capitalize the pronoun i, to not apologizing.  There is another practice which i embrace which i would ask you to consider.

If ever i am wearing something that someone else is attracted to, we have a conversation something like this:

“i like that shirt”

“would you wear it if it was yours?” i inquire


i take off the shirt and give it to them.  Recently this happened with one of my all time favorite t-shirts from the anarchist book store in Philly, the wooden shoe.

“Let me teach you about democracy” t-shirt

Micha (Fabian‘s dad) is now wearing it and i could not be happier.  This conversation happened again this evening while i was at Acorn.  Ginger noticed i was wearing an Illuminati conspiracy logo t-shirt.

Gimger’s t-shirt ginger does not have the eye cap stone.

She is excited about the Illuminati conspiracies and quickly gains control of my shirt, in exchange for a nice pie chart “peace” shirt from the Acorn Commie Clothes.   Unsurprisingly, this shirt made it’s way to me via the Twin Oaks Commie Clothes system.

So i dare you.  The next time someone compliments something of yours, offer it to them forcefully, genuinely – try to get them to take it from you as a gift.  See what it feels like.  Maybe it is time for you to be less materialistic and more generous.  Maybe.

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

10 responses to “Mandatory Generosity”

  1. Mandy Creighton says :

    Yes! I do this too, but I have decided at this point I could not do that if someone was fond of the following things: my laptop, my bicycle, my eyeglasses. Everything else feels UFG (up for grabs) in my world.

  2. bliss says :

    I like it! I’m on it. Though often what people compliment are my skirts, so I’ll have to start wearing pretty underwear…

  3. deanne says :

    Oh, I am such a terrible communard… I would not even be up for this with items received through East Wind’s Commie Clothes… LOL But I make up for it by always giving away books that people comment on: the more I love it, the more likely I am to get excited about gifting it to them!

  4. Scott Busby says :

    Yes! I’ll try doing that!

  5. Devin Fraze (@DevMQF) says :

    What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing Paxus 🙂
    Oh, by the way, I like your blog… 😉 (just teasing)

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