Re: Once again avarice wins over natural beauty.
Posted by esmitty on December 16, 2011, 4:43 pm, in reply to "Re: Once again avarice wins over natural beauty."
The angst expressed in these posts is emblematic of the "Tragedy of the Commons." |
The larger question becomes how to protect the commons for all, with some sort of equitable sharing of expense.
Viz: We all enjoyed those trees and want(ed) them to remain a part of our "commons." How can we, with clear conscience, demand/request the owner of the trees bear 100% of the burden to protect the commons we all enjoy? Yes, we could have encouraged him to select a lot without trees for his project. But the other side of that coin is that we have then devalued the lot, ie taken value that does not belong to us.
I think about this a lot. It happens all over, and there are no easy answers.
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