I thought I would share one of my favourite quotes, from Rousseau. If the ability to see the obvious is a mark of genius as I’ve heard pointed out, Rousseau here, was having a moment of genius.
It’s real food for thought, at how differently things could have panned out for humanity.
The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.
If you think for a moment, that the word ‘private’ (as in that’s my Private property, get off or I’ll shoot), originates in the word Privare, meaning to deprive, it should speak volumes as to the nature of we, humanity & where we have gone wrong.