there are two really good ideas in the first chapter. the first is on motion. the gift must always move. whatever we have been given is supposed to be given away again or something else should move on.
the second is related. the simplest gift exchange is reciprocal giving. but gift exchange gets more interesting when it moves in a circle. when a gift moves in a circle no one receives from the person they give to. hyde says this about it
it's as if the gift goes around a corner before it comes back. i have to give blindly. and i will feel a sort of blind gratitude as well. the smaller a circle is - and particularly if it involves two people - the more a man can keep his eye on things and the more likely it is that he will start to think like a salesman. but so long as the gift passes out of sight it cannot be manipulated.
i love this idea. how it applies i don't know exactly. but it would be wonderful to live in a community that applied these two notions. when you have been gifted or given to pass it on, or pass on something equivalent or better - keep it moving, bless someone else, be generous. and even better pass it out of sight so that it goes round the corner so that the community gets surprised and experiences blind gratitude.