Ownership does something to you. Something special. Something uniquely human.
When you own something as valuable as a home, you treat it differently than you would if you were renting it. You care about it’s condition because you’re personally and financially invested. You care more about how others feel when they visit your home because you have the opportunity to show hospitality to them in a new way – as an owner. You care about the future of your home – and the future of the entire neighborhood – which has become your community in a new way – through your ownership. Ownership changes you. It’s special. It’s uniquely human.
The closest thing to home ownership in the animal world (that I can think of while writing this) is the nest of the bowerbird (see photo above). He’s built a cute little house for his lovebird, but it’s just not the same as our houses. Only human beings have the kind of intimate social gatherings and complex, multi-generational family relationships that exist within our homes. On top of that, we’re the only species that has come up with the idea of a “Recorder of Deeds Office”, as far as I know. And I’m guessing the Bowerbird won’t sue if another creature destroys his bower. But he’d probably squawk a bit. Ownership is uniquely human. And that’s one reason why I believe in “housing for good”.
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