While walking around the local university's track, football, and basketball complex, I noticed in the far distance at the edge of the soccer and intramural fields a garden. Nestled next to the railroad track embankment and far away from the road, you have to be looking to spot it. I remember last year spotting the same garden while making the loop. I am looking forward to collecting
my part of the crop.
For you see, I have determined I am due a percentage of the produce. The garden is clearly on public land and I AM a taxpayer, therefore the gardener is technically a share cropper on public land--and I am the public. I am certain he is more than willing to give up part of his crop in payment for use of the land. That is what share cropping is all about.
A system founded to benefit the land owner, share cropping is an institution as old as farming itself. As the land owner, I provide the land, sell you the seed at an inflated cost, loan you money to live on during the growth period at inflated interest, and all you have to do is pay me an unfair percentage of the crop. Seems like a good plan---for the landowner.
I am not certain the gardener will take kindly to me helping myself to his crop after he has done all the hard work--especially this hot and humid Louisiana summer. The truth is--I do not even have clear title to the ground where the garden is growing. I just assume I own the ground since it is on government ground--after all---who is the government, but the people?
I am reminded of a beautiful garden--which we are allowed us to use absolutely free of any charge. We are not required to share the bounty and are free to take and use any or all of it. There are no care requirements---take care of it and watch it flourish or ignore it and let it go to ruin. It is entirely up to us. With a bountiful harvest, we are free to share or not--keep only what we need or fill our barns with the bounty. We are provided the land, the water, the sunshine, and the ability to work the crop and given free reign over the disposition of the crop. How will we tend our gardens? What will we do with our harvest? Are we share-croppers or plantation builders?
Let us not lose heart in doing good,
for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.