Humans are part of every commons

We usually think of the commons as “out there,” a place or a material thing.  In fact, the real commons includes the relationship of the human species with the place, matter, or energy field.
Andreas Weber, in an article in The Wealth of the Commons says we humans are part of the commons. “Each ecosystem,” he says, “is the sum of many rules, interactions, and streams of matter, which share common principles. This…follows the fact that living beings do not only use the commons provided by nature, but are physically and relationally a part of them. The individual’s existence is inextricably linked to the existence of the overarching system.” We are partners with land, air, water, and energy.

 

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