Have you ever walked out to the parking lot only to realize that you’ve lost your car? It stirs a moment of incredible worry for some people. Of course you do eventually find the vehicle, and with a sigh of relief you drive home or to your next destination.
Now consider this. Perhaps it was your bike that you’ve lost. You had chained it up as safely as you could using the best gauge of metal, wrapped in thick plastic and with a custom keycode. It should be in the same place when you return, but it isn’t. It’s gone!
In our community this is called borrowing. It’s outright stealing, but the difference is that the individual who took your bike just needs it to go from point A to point B. They do not want to sell it.
I’m not sure what is going on in peoples’ minds today towards value of property, or of self. It all seems to be steady slipping away. Is that what we have become? Are we developing into such a society that we proceed to infer that we own everything, and that everything can be bartered for.
There are many things in life you cannot borrow, yet we make reference to that phrase all the time. “Can I borrow you for just a minute?”, is a favorite of mine. Actually no, you can’t because once my minute is gone, it’s gone.
Borrowing, to me has become an excuse for not taking responsibility for your own self. It’s a poor excuse, but one that has become prolific. So please, stop borrowing! Ask politely to use other peoples time, energy, resources, and possessions, then give it back. If you don’t return the borrowed items, then you have stolen it from the individual who generously gave it to you.
Written in response to The Daily Post: Borrowed