|RE: Shared Utilities: the fallacy of fair||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Floriferousclassic.msn.com)|
|Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 21:06:59 -0500|
One of the most persistant fallacies in many groups, in my opinion, is that "things have to be equal or it's not fair". This is especially prevalant in work situations, where "everybody does their fair share". There are folks who will spend a lot of their time trying to figure out how to make things "fair". I tend to smile and endulge these people in their fantasies, while trying gently to point out that there is really no such thing. My experience teaches me that in a working community setting, individual contributions all even out over time. Somebody who has no interest and is uninvolved in the water system planning is just the perfect person to teach the kids how to read. Fairness is not everyone paying or working equal, but lays in another direction. In a working community, people see where the spikes of overcommitment are and adjust accordingly. When it works really well, people know who in the group tends to over commit and then burn out, and then you quietly work to reduce that persons load so they don't even notice - it just works, and they, and you, are both happy. Rob Sandelin feeling philosophical after spending the morning in the woods with most of the Sharingwood Community and enjoying the gifts that each person shared.
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