How did we get so focused on who owns what

When all we accumulate is often for naught

It doesn’t heal your sadness cure cancer other ills

When you feel alone and cold it cannot warm your chills


As you think of the future where your life will be

Please do not forget service and acts of charity

It’s really quite amusing to think about Manhattan

Purchased for $26 a sum of so little matter


Indians could not comprehend ownership of earth

They saw land as public it’s yours from time of birth

We have all we ever need on this bountiful planet

We all need to figure out how to share what’s on it


Technology and science great gifts of our invention

Enable us to provide for all let’s harness that intention

If we could give to everyone roof food and avocation

This world could be a joyous place abounding in creation


When you hold this vision think not of sacrifice

Be aware that your gift would be giving twice

Remember what you donate will come back to you

Your gift a hospitable planet that’s a simple true


What motivates and drives you?

Do you think of yourself as a giver or a taker?

What do you give and what do you get in return?

What’s more satisfying, the giving or the taking?

Do you have enough? What’s missing?

What do you have to give away?

– Stewart Levine ©

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