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Equal Value Contributions Equal value contributions(1) are, by definition, of equal [...]

Brantford, Ontario
via Ubuntu - Canada - Ontario - Peterborough
Equal Value Contributions

Equal value contributions(1) are, by definition, of equal value. When we work, think, play, meditate, create art, we add to the value of the world around us. Whether newly born, five years of age, ten, twenty, thirty or more, each person is a part of the social structure of which we all are made. We cannot remove any one of us, or else all of us would suffer. In this way we also solve the problem of an unbalanced ego, as those with more experience or age are not, in any way, considered "better" than those with less experience or age.

In the same way, as we experiment and begin to implement a social structure based on equal value, each person is needed. Those who merely read and observe, those who begin to understand the principles, those who understand them better and those who are beginning to implement the principles. Indeed, the application part, in some ways, is no different than beginning to understand, as each person is encountering something new.

There can also be expected some backlash and inertia.  Some may be tired with the current system and simply turn away from it. Some may be fresh, with a clean slate and can start on this new "field" with energy, vigour and enthusiasm. Some, like myself, may be still wondering how to deal with an upbringing that supports and espouses the "traditional" system, and all that goes with it.

But wherever we are, one clear guiding principle for me, is that of "free will". That was revealed to me about fifteen years ago now when I was sitting in the library of the university I had attended for five years. As I was reading it struck me like a bolt of lightning. "Ah hah!" Free will? I had never thought of that before. You mean I am free to choose what it is I would like to do, no matter what church or family said? That was new to me (It was in connection with Chinese philosophy or a Chinese philosopher that I read those words).

Free will.  That means I am free to choose whether I travel this weekend, or not. Whether I pay those pesky bills, or not. How I choose to answer an authority figure, or not. Free will. Hmm, sounds pretty freeing. The strange thing is, that when I start to *practice* this free will, and work and work and work until I am in a situation that implements one of the Contributionism principles, it starts to look pretty good! This is the three (or four) hours per day, five days a week principle.

I had a light week last week, because of the holiday weekend (Canada Day was on the Friday for us). However, over the past four weeks I was still able to log just under 22 hours per week on average and this week I had fulfilled my quota by Thursday. This leaves me with a clear three day weekend in which I can think about, relax, read and write some more about these concepts.

And just about the time I had *one good day* when I said, "Yeah, this is pretty good, I could live like this for a while!", the clouds come in and some parts of the "old life" come back.  Why is it almost always that way? Perhaps some of us are slated to be pioneers. Some who are thinkers who have to try it out for themselves to see if it actually works. Some choose to do so.  Whatever the case, I was pretty happy with those conditions, and still am. It is almost as if I was a kid again, except with more experience, skills and understanding.

So, at any rate, if you are wondering what it is like with a three (or four) hour day, five days a week, it is pretty good! I find that the one key part about working under this framework is that it has allowed me to focus on the quality, on the timbre of the work performed. I was working on a 16 HP lawn tractor this past week and was able to clean it up, pay attention to the parts, how it went together, and ensure that everything was oiled, rust free and working freely. This resulted in a machine that had that "solid feel" that comes from something that is well taken care of and working smoothly. And so, perhaps, there was something to my observation that after I cleaned my car years ago, inside and out, just seemed to run better somehow. "Nah... couldn't be." Or could it? I will leave that question open for now. Thanks for listening.

1. Tellinger, M. (2013). UBUNTU Contributionism: A Blueprint for Human Prosperity. Waterval Boven, South Africa: Zulu Planet Publishers (Kindle Version). pp. 111-112. The phrase "Equal value system" is used in this post (…) by a site member. The quote from the book is point four in the five point mantra, "...all of our contributions have to be respected and accepted as equally valuable".
Jeff H
Clarence B, the 3 to 4 hours a day is in your Labor of Love is that what you have been working in for that time?
Saturday 9 July 2016, 04:24:48
It is in connection with the WorkAway platform (
Monday 11 July 2016, 02:12:09
For a single person or a couple without children, it (workaway) could be an excellent place to try out some of these Ubuntu principles. Workaway is well established, has many participants and I found it fairly easy to find hosts in my area. The host provides food and accommodation and the workawayer is expected to work roughly five hours per day, five days a week. This host requires four. If the workawayer has some savings tucked away for getting from place to place and other needs, substantial amounts of time can elapse before needing to spend money (or earn again). A lot of the hosts are aligned with the ecological and organic movements, so it also a great way to meet those kind of people and learn more about those topics.
Monday 11 July 2016, 02:32:07
Jeff H
I will have to look into that sounds interesting.
Monday 11 July 2016, 04:01:00
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