EC4#Week 4

4. Social and cultural commons

Being social creatures by nature, human society has the potential to support and encourage freedom and prosperity, or enslavement and poverty; this power of society makes it an aspect of the commons and warrants our consideration. Culture is the nurturing of what can be grown or developed within communities to strengthen (or weaken) society. Dance, performance, literature, music are examples. Distinct in each community, but all communities partake of culture and thus is a commons. Its influence can be almost universal, such as the examples of Rumi and Shakespeare.