Harvesting nature’s abundance in the city

July.24. 2012

This is a follow-up to an earlier article.

The most basic act of harvesting nature’s abundance is transferring it from nature’s domain to your personal domain

For instance, catching a fish and bringing it home.

As long as the fish is in the river, it doesn’t belong to you, it belongs to nature. Only when you catch it and bring it home is it yours.

The same is true of every act of harvesting nature’s abundance.

But you say, you don’t live in a jungle, you live in an urban jungle instead. Where is nature’s abundance in your part of town?

Think about it first, what is most abundant in a city?

Yes, you’re right. It’s people.

And what’s in their pockets?


Think of all that money walking around you. (We’re assuming you live in a normal city.) That’s nature’s abundance for you.

Unfortunately, just like in the real jungle, that money doesn’t belong to you. You’ll have to find a way to transfer it from those people to you.

And unfortunately, just like in the real jungle, nature doesn’t give up its abundance easily in the city too. Those people will not part with their money easily.

There’s only one way to get them to give you their money.

You’ll have to give them something they want. You’ll have to give them something of value so they will give you their money in exchange.

There’re other ways, of course. For example, you can force them to hand it to you or you can appeal to their conscience and hold up a “will work for food” sign.

But generally, the socially acceptable way is to give people something they want so they will give up their money for that something.

There’re as many ways of doing this as there are human needs and wants.

For example, a basic human need is food. Open a food stand and if you’re good cook, you’ll be harvesting all that money walking around you in no time.

It doesn’t have to be a basic need. Many people want to learn to play guitar. If you’re a guitar player, post a few signs for lessons, and you’ll be making money from teaching guitar in no time too.

All this may be stating the obvious, but that’s all there is to harvesting nature’s abundance in the city.

And yet, people complain about the lack of economic opportunities.

They say they can’t find work.

They protest in the streets about unemployment.

They go on the dole.

When all around them is money walking around.

It’s like the guy in the jungle who complains he doesn’t have food – because he doesn’t want to go out and catch all that food walking or swimming around them.

I go out sometime and see people operating their small taco stands. They don’t complain about lack of jobs or economic opportunities.

Or the guy who teaches guitar in his garage and then gigs at night. He doesn’t complain about lack of jobs either.

The point I’m trying to make is, there’re no lack of opportunities. Nature is abundant wherever you are. You could be living in a desert and there’re still opportunities there.

The problem of harvesting nature’s abundance is not how to go about doing it, but how best to go about it so you reap maximum returns for your time and efforts.

That’s the subject for my next article.

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