Giving: Simply Stated

by Christian Thomas Golden

Giving: the wilful handing over of one’s own property to another person(s).

Elements: (1) wilful, (2) handing over, (3) one’s own property, (4) to another person.

Can an act be considered giving if not all 4 elements are present? Let’s take a gander.

Without the first element (wilful), we would have the following: handing over one’s own property to another person(s) regardless of one’s own will. That approaches coercion.

Without the second element (handing over), there is no act.

Without the third element (one’s own property), we have the following: the wilful handing over of property to another person(s). Well, that sounds like Robin Hood at best (with the potential to reach fascism).

Without the fourth element (to another person), we have the following: the wilful handing over of one’s own property. I suppose this could be equitable to throwing items away. This is not giving in that giving requires an intended recipient.

Without all elements being present, an act cannot be classified as giving.

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