An add on TV this morning showed a couple of ribbons marking out a Christmas gift (mind you, this is still pre-Thanksgiving.) A gift card of the kind afixed to such packages appears in the intersection of the ribbons and the words, "To:" and "From:" magically appear on it. Then between the two words in italicized letters these words write themselves: "Get a wow from everyone!" Texas Lotto tickets sprout from behind the card like magic.
Like magic we now give in order to get--to get a wow. It's not in the giving, it's in the getting. And the ones who get the most are the people who profit from the Texas Lotto, and the people who lose are the ones who can't afford to buy the tickets but do anyway.
It's official. Altruism is dead!