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For many, many generations, people have been told to work hard if they want to own nice things, like cars, houses, boats and such.
The concept of "ownership" has been ingrained in Western culture, seemingly forever.
But that's not the way it has always been.
Many early civilizations were based on the concept of cooperatives -- where the community owned the assets and the individuals used them as and when required.
Even today we have many cooperative communities, although they're often treated as outside the mainstream by conventional society. We tend to think of little clusters of alternate lifestylers or hippies who go around chanting "peace, love, bells, beads" in clouds of MJ smoke.
Well guess what?
I think we're headed back to our roots. It's my belief that the concept of "ownership" has passed its best-by date and pretty soon it will be considered "so old fashioned".
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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