Social Goods

“Imagine you have total power, say a 100 per cent share in a company, and then decide to share 90 per cent of it between nine others; you have a tenth of the power you had before. Wealth and power operate by division. The more we share, the less we have. Imagine now that you have a certain measure of influence, or friendship, or knowledge or love and you decide to share that with nine others: you do not have less. You may have more. That is because these are social goods: goods that exist by sharing. These are goods that have a moral or spiritual dimension, and they have this rare quality that the more we share, the more we have.”

Morality, Introduction, p. 18