Harry D. Swanson, Jr.

“Sharing” often denotes charity. But the word really means to separate or to divide. One definition goes as far to say “possess in common with others”.

Look closely at the phrase. In the so called “sharing economy,” do we consider alternative means of employment as “common” or to “possess in common”? The latter would mean “income”.

Now consider “independence,” the dream of entrepreneurs.

As a sole proprietor, would I undercut the economy or would I look to have something in common with other owners?

The price of housing is forcing people to search for extra income. Why, then, can’t we share income? What happened to “possess in common”?

We must share spaces and things to really achieve “sharing.” Otherwise we will do nothing but divide ourselves.