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Monday, September 30, 2013

Anti Dumping - Personal Etiquette

DON'T give away old unopened, unfinished foodstuff to other people as 'gifts'.  Nor unwanted clothes or bags or anything that you yourself do not want to keep already to others as dumping ground.

It's fine if you have asked the other person if they would want it, and they accept.  But to force it on them on the pretext of 'gifts', is unethical.  You are transferring the guilt and trouble of having to get rid of unwanted stuff to another person.

How to stop all these dumping? 
AGAIN - stop buying unnecessary stuff, stop giving away thoughtless gifts or passing it on to another!
Let's educate and remind each other.

Everytime you want to give someone a gift - ask yourself, if you would be happy to receive it.

A higher degree of consideration, is to know the person you're giving it to, if they would be happy to receive it, regardless that you wouldn't mind receiving the same gift - because everyone is different.

I know most people quietly accept, then curse or complain behind people's back AND/OR suffer with hoarding problems. Somebody's got to say something. 

Be considerate, even in giving gifts.

"O ye who believe! Give of the good things which ye have (honourably) earned, and of the fruits of the earth which We have produced for you, and do not even aim at getting anything which is bad, in order that out of it ye may give away something, when ye yourselves would not receive it except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of all wants, and worthy of all praise. " (Al Baqarah 2:267 - Translation of the Quran by Yusuf Ali)

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