When is a gift not a gift
Recently I gave Andrew money as a gift. He used part of that money to buy a tattoo to celebrate his 40th birthday. Mister, if you’re reading this, do not worry, it’s not a post about my views on tattoos. It’s actually a question for everyone – when is a gift not a gift?
I ask this because I’ve found the reaction to the ‘debate’ between Andrew and I over his recent choice interesting. There’s a camp of people who say: ‘if you give someone money, it’s a gift and they are free to do with it whatever they wish. If you attach strings to it, then it’s not a gift.’
I’m interested by this viewpoint. I wonder whether there’s any circumstances under which these people would waiver in that view.
What if it were used to:
- fund a hunting trip?
- for gambling?
- for drugs? cigarettes? [insert harmful substance here]
- fund missionary efforts?
- support training terrorists?
- something else?