In a famous The Simpsons episode
(famous to me because I remember it)
Homer is turned away from the
all you can eat buffet after the restaurant
realizes they weren’t prepared for
his appetite. He says, as he’s
dragged out of the dining room
long after the restaurant has closed
but the sign said ‘all you can eat.’
Can you imagine if we took advantage
of what was promised? We could
wander into our neighbor’s yard
and eat all we want. (While on
the premises…it’s very specific
that we can’t cart anything away.)
Is this limited only to food or are
anyone’s nearby possessions fair game?
Can I head to the neighbors
and enjoy all the streaming content
I want? How about their underwear?
(If I promise to only wear it
on the property?) Is our very concept
of ownership at question? Or,
better yet, shouldn’t it be?
Especially when so many have
so little. I keep hearing that
billionaires could end poverty
without changing their lifestyles?
Why don’t they? I read another article
which explains why they don’t.
But I prefer the message of the first one.
I’ve got a lemon tree
in my back yard.
It gives me more than I need.
The gates are unlocked.
Have at it.