Ownership vs. Responsibility

27 Oct

It is easy to own something. You go out and buy it.
It is even easier to assume that certain rights come with owning whatever the thing is.
We assume that we have a right to “do what we want” with that thing.
We assume someone else can only use that thing with our permission.
And for some reason, we seem to have a drive to own more and more because of these rights that come along with owning something.
I suspect owning many things gives us a sense of security.

Because we focus so much on owning things, we tend to neglect the responsibilities that come with owning things.

More importantly, we tent to neglect the responsibilities we have for things we don’t own.

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