Brenda Groth wrote:
often the world doesn't want to be saved.
For if a thing is not diminished by being shared with others, it is not rightly owned if it is only owned and not shared. -Augustine of Hippo
I should say an immoral dash at the moral side of permaculture.
paul wheaton brings up sharing, in his, "chicken eats slugs" video.
Wyldthang, that kind of community I could handle, especially the dishonesty culling. I treat others with respect and hope for the same from them, but if people lie and I find out or catch them in it, that pretty much does it for me. I very much value honesty. Oh, and I have guns.
Kathryn McCoy wrote:Ludi, Not all experiences have been "negative", and I was not expecting anything in return for sharing or giving. But when I have loaned tools or books, many have been stolen or broken, which I have had to replace. Twice, when I have created websites for friends with their businesses, as soon as I got the site up and running, they bailed on paying or trading, a third guy bailed on the photos for his site, so I am tempted now, instead of dealing business on a persons word, which used to mean something to make sure everything is paid for in advance. I really hate going into a relationship or business deal thinking that I am going to get screwed.
As to sharing or giving, I do it regardless, not expecting anything back, it is my nature. But in many of these cases the people I have helped begin coming to me for everything they need, pouring out sob stories for help and that becomes a different matter. If I help someone with their groceries and utilities and then the next day drop their child off from a meeting, to find them having a steak grilling party with coolers full of beer, I am less likely to want to help them again.