Borrowed

It’s really interesting the cultural shift towards lending out what you don’t use for others. You can rent someone’s house for the weekend, have someone give you a lift in their car, use someone’s place as storage… it’s interesting people are becoming more conscious of maximizing their resources (not being wasteful… is that what sustainability means?), and in the proper American way of “how can I make money off this?” It’s like in cultures where it’s common to have big, close families all the sharing happens within the little ‘tribe,’ but here we seem to not have that, and instead pay for the same service and favors. It’s Iike paying a fee to have that communal feeling of generosity–because it is not expected of us.

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4 thoughts on “Borrowed

  1. Just had another thought. I believe one can pay for group hugs as well, but they’re not as nice.

  2. When you have big close families who store stuff, give rides, etc. there are group hugs. When you have to pay for a service, you miss out on this part. :-)

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