The Sharing Economy
Man’s pursuit of money and profit at any expense has forestalled the progress of the collective consciousness throughout human history. Our innate greedy impulses seem, at times, almost impossible to control. Many point their fingers at society – but isn’t society made up of us individuals? Doesn’t that mean that each one of us has a calling to assume responsibility for their endeavours, making sure that earning a living doesn’t amount to taking advantage of others?
A Solution to Society’s Ills
The sharing economy is a different model that challenges the status quo of capitalistic gain (“dog eats dog in a ruthlessly competitive world”). Think of it: every single human being in this world is uniquely apt at something, and we all have a range of skills, qualities and knowledge to offer one another.
The beauty of it is that we’ll always need our fellow humans’ aptitude in areas where we fall short or simply cannot dedicate ourselves to. Even the prototypical Renaissance man, excelling in the arts and sciences and a universal genius by any measure – Leonardo Da Vinci – surely relied on peers and peasants to sustain himself, keep his professional quarters sightly and functional, and maintain a strong social standing.
The exchange of your talent for another’s without money spoiling the value of the sharing experience is a noble one. This is the sharing economy, and you can find ways to apply it in your day-to-day life to welcome deeper spiritual contentment in your soul. If we could see how everyone’s contribution to the world is priceless – as long as it’s one that holds humanity in high esteem – the need to put a price on absolutely everything would eventually fade away.
Society is slowly shifting gears and accepting that sharing personal property and exchanging services is more valuable, more rewarding even – than clinging onto ownership for the sake of it. Da Vinci was claimed by Vasari, his biographer, to have had such an extraordinary respect for life that he had a habit of buying caged birds and releasing them. Similarly, we can set ourselves free by fostering trust in the next person and sharing what we have to give to the world.