Dear Friends and Family,
When we are very young, our parents and our teachers teach us to share. Increasingly, modern social sciences tell us that humans are, by and large, naturally inclined to be cooperative and collaborative, so the nudges given to us as preschoolers have fertile ground to work with.
Our parents and teachers also encourage us to be independent and take initiatives. I took this to heart. My parents tell me that one of my very first utterances as a two-year old was “sef do!” — I want to do it myself. No tales exist of any precocious sharing capacity, so perhaps this story is a case of “never too old to learn”.
This farming project is mine, I mean, I am the one who is doing it. But it is also going to take place in the house and in the yard that I share with Mark, and his income is going to pay for the running costs – for a few years at least. So maybe I was feeling a bit defensive.