Digest of terms


the most basic fact of all life - its given-ness. Life comes to each of us as a gift from a source beyond ourselves, beyond our parents and beyond even their parents' parents. It is not earned. This fact may be so fundamental to our very being that it simply becomes part of ordinary routine and overlooked in its extraordinariness. By contrast, appreciation of it may inspire an attitude of general thankfulness.

Throughout the history of civilisations, it has been hymned in songs and poetry. Sometimes the quality of sheer giftedness has been accepted without qualification, but not always. Some claim that it cannot be really enjoyed unless in some sense earned, and mechanisms to monitor or control this have been put in place. It is an open question whether or not moral sense is related to an individual's recognition of this gift or the result rather of instruction that they should be responding in a certain way.

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