I have seen the sharing economy actually work in the world. Sadly it is more in the 3rd world where it is a lack of resources that have people banding together to help each other. You can also see this in the rural areas of the united states and part of the world where neighbors might not agree or like each other, but if someone needs help, they come together. Where I don’t see much sharing is in the developed world and the consumer society where capitalism runs rampant. It is a bit ironic in that the groups that have the most share the least. I am not sure if this is part of the human condition or if greed and some delusion of being the owner of more, “stuff” takes over.
When talking with super wealthy folks, the polite term is called “stewardship.” as I type that I still remember going to churches with my friend Gennifer in a sailing town in Wisconsin and the pastor actually said, “why do you need your 4th, 5th, 6th house, and a dozen cars?”
I couldn’t believe he said it and was amazed at the pin-drop quiet that I heard and all the folks lowering their head down and asking themselves, “is it time to go now? we have reservations for brunch.”
I digress. Money is not a bad thing. I just wish people realized it is a tool. I mean up till yesterday I was so naïve to think rich people would spend money to get their kids in colleges. I was the odd guy that was smart enough and athletic enough to go pretty much anywhere, and I don’t remember ever filling out an application. when I said, “I commit to…” I even asked the coach, “do I have to fill out an application or something?”
What the news of the Hollywood elite doing, has me wonder why people donating wings and making massive cash donations to universities to get a kid in school doesn’t get the same condemnation. It's ok to buy a spot, but cheating and gaming the system is not? The irony is thick with the back story between bribery, corruption, and cheating and another slapping a label of donor, steward, or philanthropist on a similar ideal.
Where does this all go? It has me focusing on what and where we are going with our work. It only too 20-30 years to figure out that there are a lot of hurting people on the planet, and we live in a world where the mad rush for robotics and artificial intelligence will lead to advanced artificial intelligence. I wager that the machines that were designed to initial help humans will simply encapsulate them into some system or way of life that really doesn’t bring a lot of freedom, instead, an augmented illusion of it to the people.
I guess I have resigned myself to having the little shop, making a cup of coffee or tea for an actual human and seeing if we can help improve their lives via fresh food and medicines, or spaces for them to get away from the noise of the world and find a bit of peace.
There is even irony in going to church…until we pass along…you will have broken humans all trying to explain to other broken humans what they should or need to do.
wouldn’t the world be a little better if everyone was accountable for improving themselves? Maybe if we all just dropped the “image” life would get so much more interesting for all?
Odd thoughts on this morning. I see the sun shining. In this part of the country that is enough to screw up one's ideas. Have a great day.
sidebar - i remember a tribe in africa that didn’t believe in owing things and living off the land. they were some of the kindest and nicest people i have ever met. i wager they will soon be extinct as the land around them has been bought by multi-nationals to get resources and food back to the other country.