The Apple Tree
Over the last few weeks we have been working hard to get the latest two pieces of the sharing puzzle, Toolshare and Spaceshare, into the freeconomy community. In the process of doing so we have been getting lots of feedback from people, and lots of debate seems to be flying around the internet regarding whether it will work or not - 95% of which is positive I should add.
In this process, a common question that has been asked of us, for example, was "What if I give someone my Drill and I don't get it back?".
What seems like a very normal question strikes at the core of how we, as humans, live. There is only one response I can give to such a question.
What would happen if Nature took the same attitude and decided She was not going to give unconditionally anymore - only food if She is guaranteed to get it back? The apple tree doesn't ask whether you are deserving or undeserving, or whether you are going to nurture the soil in which it has laid its roots. It just gives. And thankfully so, as if Her love was only for those who respected and nurtured the soil I suspect we would be but five hundred million peoples and not six billion.
So I ask everyone who is considering joining any sharing project - Skillshare, Toolshare, Spaceshare or Landshare - to become more like the apple tree and hence more at one with nature. Life couldn't possibly exist without sharing. The honeybee and the flower will agree to that I think. And where would we be without them.
If you trust and give there is a chance you may lose something. If you don't trust and don't give, you've already lost.
(if anyone has any comments on this, please post in the 'Spirituality' section of the forum.)