Tragedy of the commons

I have never met anyone who has bragged about cheating on their taxes. (And I bet you haven’t either.)

Why?

Because no one wants to admit, they are taking from the community—that they drive the same roads and use the same schools without contributing their fair share. No one wants to admit that they benefit from the herd:

Because we feed the network first, then we take ask for our share. That is how communities and tribes work. Insiders are treated like insiders, outsiders as outsiders. Different people are treated differently. Not because we don’t care, but because we don’t trust you (yet), we don’t know you (yet).

Because contributions matter. Contributions bring additional attention and trust to fellow tribe members.

The system will survive if one person cheats on their taxes, but not when everyone decides to forfeit personal responsibility.

What kind of world do we want to live in? How long do we let the few benefit from shortcuts that sacrifice future prosperity? It’s not too late today to reverse course, that is until tomorrow comes.