Monday, January 05, 2004

Responsible Ownership

I think we should abandon the concept of ownership and move things over to a system based on responsibility. It seems like it would be an easy switch in the English language. I am responsible for that piece of land. Ownership relationships are based on selfish independence. Responsibility relationships combine the independence with accountability. They are based on earned trust. The best place to make the switch is with yourself: stop thinking of yourself as the owner of your body and rather think of yourself as being responsible for its wellbeing (which is greater than your wellbeing I might add). Pushing things forward to feeling responsible for the natural system that your body is a part of will then be a simple step.

No comments: