Having everything in common

sharing-economy-imageThis CityLab piece explores the long history of the sharing economy, which careful students of the Christian scriptures will remember being mentioned in Acts, when believers were together and had everything in common.

Evidently, private property is a fairly new idea. From the CityLab piece:

…private ownership may have originated around 11,000 years ago, as humans started farming. Agriculture and private property likely evolved together, since farmers are generally loath to let others reap what they have sown. As some hunter-gatherers settled down in fishing villages and other areas where there was plenty of food to be found or grown, they started building private living spaces. Archeological evidence suggests that they slowly stopped storing food communally and started keeping it in their houses instead.

As I have downsized multiple times (only to upsize again, like clockwork) the idea of sharing things is incredibly appealing.

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One response to “Having everything in common

  1. Somehow I think that what the Holy Spirit inspired in the Apostles and their followers, (Acts 4:32-37), which is eerily similar to Karl Marx’s vision of communism, (“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!”), goes a little beyond “sharing stuff and services.”

    It’s welcome sentiment though!

    For myself, I don’t regard private property rights as wholly inconsistent with a socialized economy. But there has to be limits. Basic benefit from, and accessibility to, economic, cultural/societal and environmental resources must be universal if you’re going to make a “case for the commons.”

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