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  •  Thought of the morning on Ownership and (3+ / 0-)
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    JaxDem, Otteray Scribe, Joy of Fishes

    Stewardship

    I've long asserted that "home ownership is not a ship that will take you anywhere you want to go," because ownership, like citizenship, is a bundle of obligations, rather than, as some people think, a brief to do what one wants or not. Ownership does not come with the right to neglect and/or destroy.

    Much less stewardship. Stewardship, I would argue, comes with an even higher ethic or obligation to care for another's property with even more consideration than one's own. This is, however, a principle that's not widely shared. Our current crop of banksters and legislators, in particular, seem convinced that their supervision of other people's property can be lax.

    Of course, if they are of the opinion that they are free to lay waste to what they own, being negligent is probably a lesser offense. So, there's probably nothing to be done about destroyers but keep them as far from our public assets as possible. Instinct-driven exploiters simply aren't employable.

    Conservation, by the way, is not stewardship. Conservation is a negligent attitude that relies on material assets degrading on their own. Casual destruction. Some people chalk it up to entropy, as if there is nothing to be done.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:12:44 AM PDT

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