Category – business and money
Reading time – 5 minutes
Right from the time, when we wriggled out of the sea water and started infiltrating all over this planet; we always needed fiction to survive.
We needed myths like Gods, states and religion.
Man needed stories to stick to. We needed groups to be part of and we needed feeling of, “us and them” to feel purpose in our life.
Then ideologies corrupted our minds. Some followed communism; which raised right questions but provided few solutions.
Few followed capitalism; that solved many problems but gave birth to extreme inequality and ecological disturbance.
Communism still holds firm in many countries; especially in Eastern parts of the globe.
Communism is basically,” from each according to his ability and to each according to his needs.”
In this all property is owned by the community and each person contributes and receives according to his ability and needs.
Communism is still deeply ingrained inside every inch of capitalism and we don’t even observe it.
It is necessary for capitalism to flourish and spread.
In the house joint family members share their possessions with each other. They earn them by capitlistic market and then put to use based on communist principles.
When we get out of house; we ask strangers for directions free of cost. We may get shelter under strangers umbrella. Somebody may tell you that you forgot to remove stand of your bike, without charging money.
In office, your senior colleague may answer your queries or act as a mentor free of cost.
Now see Facebook and Instagram. How much money they would earn if people didn’t share their pictures and art free of cost.
Would Amazon feel the same, if reviewers didn’t post product reviews for free on it.
So, capitalism may boast of anything but it is nothing without this daily communism.
Elinor Ostrom took this idea to her heart and studied how humans can judiciously share common resources without need of a state or autocracy to intervene.
This concept of commons need to reach more people and should be recognised for its vital role.
Her studies got Elinor Ostrom; Nobel prize in 2009 but still capitalism with its bright lights is outshining the garden of commons.
Inspiration – Humankind by Rutger Bregman