There’s No Such Thing As Property

Samantha Standish
Jan 24 · 5 min read

“Capitalism, communism, socialism, democracies, republics, oligarchies, dictatorships, and monarchies are based on the assumption that there’s such a thing as property.”

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Property is the ability to direct the will of something that’s not you. You either claim that the thing that’s not you doesn’t have a will, isn’t entitled to its will, or that you’ve acquired the right to direct its will. In any case, you claim that you decide the fate of the thing that’s being defined as “property.” In many ways, the belief in property is a form of very real and potent delusion because property doesn’t exist.

The idea of property is founded on three assumptions. First, that everything is separate. Second, that there are separate things that are alive and separate things that are inert. And third, that the power of self-determination for those separate things varies.

All of these assumptions are incorrect. Nothing is separate. All energy everywhere is undivided. Everything is alive and that includes things that we claim aren’t alive like land and metals and objects and ideas and so forth. It’s all alive, and it’s all in motion. Check with your local physicist if you have doubts about this.

What’s more, the power of self-determination doesn’t vary anywhere in the universe. The expression of self-determination varies, and that includes things that we consider powerless or inactive like objects and rocks and thoughts. These things express self-determination, but under different parameters than human expressions of self-determination.

Now, you may argue with me because you like the idea of owning things. You may say, “Property definitely exists. I own property. I own my house. I worked for it. I earned it.”

What do you mean you “earned” it?

“I put out the labor and innovation required to purchase the house,” you reply.

But labor and innovation doesn’t create ownership of property even if you believe property exists. People put out labor and innovation all of the time that doesn’t result in property even when they want property and are trying to get property. I could be quite clever or work until I pass out and this guarantees nothing. Labor doesn’t equal property. Innovation doesn’t equal property either.

Property is your claim that you dictate the will of the thing in question, and there are a bunch of weird rules for how we enter that state of ownership so that it’s considered “valid” ownership. Even if you achieve that state under the present rules, do you really own the property? Just because it’s written that you own something on a piece of paper that doesn’t make it so even if the whole world is pretending that this is the way things work. Do you really dictate the will of the thing in question? Do you dictate the will of your house?

“My house doesn’t have a will,” you retort.

It has to have a will because you’re claiming to direct it. It must have a direction of motion if you’re claiming to usurp that direction and decide what happens to the thing.

To be clear, a will is an element that decides the direction of motion. Everything has will in its arena of existence. Everything is composed of forces that are being directed by those elements that exist at the various scales of organization. A cell has will. So do the molecules forming the cell. So do the electrons in the molecules. So does the DNA directing the cells. And so do you moving your body of cells. All of these elements are expressing will at their level of activity. This applies to all bodies. It applies to all forms including a house.

“Well, I’m a dominating will,” you reply. “I have more will than other things. I decide what happens to all of those elements composing my body just like I decide what happens to my house.”

Do you? Then why does insurance exist? Why do you insure your home? You insure you home because it’s not property. You insure it because you dont decide the fate of your home. There are countless things that can happen to that object that you don’t control. It can be taken by the government. You could have been defrauded and never owned it. You could lose it in a legal battle. It could be infested with termites, mold, or decay. It could be swallowed by a sinkhole, destroyed in a tornado, or flooded by rising waters. A plane could crash into it. It could be set on fire by arson. Someone could drop a bomb on it. It could crumble in on itself due to poor construction. It could be bulldozed by someone that had the wrong address.

You control none of that. You take out insurance on your home to hedge against your lack of control, against your inability to direct the will of your house or any of the elements that compose it or any of the elements that compose the events in the world that affect your house.

So, what’s really going on with your house or anything that you deem your “property?” What’s really going on is that you’re in relationship with the thing you’re calling your property. You don’t “own” it. You work with it. You’re in congruence with all of the movements and activity that compose that object and the environment in which it exists. Your claim to be in control of it is a bit of insanity that you perpetrate because you’ve been taught that this is the way reality functions. But we’re in an era in which the fairy tales end, and the game has changed.

To function in this era, you have to look at the big picture and see things for what they really are as opposed to what you’ve been taught that they are, or you won’t understand what’s happening around you. New games have new rules. You have to understand the rules to play the game.

The way humans view this dimension and everything in it is going to change dramatically because people are beginning to understand the fundamental nature of this universe and how it functions. Different understandings create different structures.

The relationship between a human and things like vehicles, houses, inventions, and so forth will change. This doesn’t mean you can’t “have” a house or a car or patents, but you may look at that relationship quite differently in the near future.

If you know that you’re not separate from anything, when this becomes a socially common fact, you interact with the world in a different manner. What’s more, the systems that serve that world take a different shape. The infrastructure that assumes property as a condition of existence disappears, and new structures arise. This is already happening though it may take a while to recognize it.

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