Nothing Is Free

Free for the taking
Free for the taking

Toba Beta, author of Master of Stupidity wrote: “Nothing is for free, even in heaven.” But driving around the back roads of Lancaster, Pennsylvania today I proved him wrong. I was thinking about nothing in particular when I saw them, not one, not two but three FREE gently used tractor tires.

I stopped to take a look, wondering what I could do with such a generous gift from a simple Amish farmer. My first thought was to buy a tractor, but I don’t have a garage. Then I considered making tire swings for the kids, but I live in an apartment and don’t have any kids.

After what seemed like hours but was probably minutes of racking my brain I realized that I had no need for them at all. But it bothered me, after all they were free. As free as a fly, as free as light, as free as a mountain bird, but to me they were useless unless I become a hoarder (briefly considered).

Robert A. Heinlein once said: “Nothing of value is free. Even the breath of life is purchased at birth only through gasping effort and pain.” Dammit.

2 thoughts on “Nothing Is Free

  1. Your mind has a fun, humorous bent. We enjoy hearing it process thoughts.

    “Free” is a concept arising from commerce; it doesn’t exist otherwise. Someone who no longer needs an object of value should, from an environmental view, offer it to others to avoid depleting the world’s natural resources. Trapping our minds in the ideas of contemporary commerce leads to skewed perspective. When I’m done with something, I give it away; I don’t try to sell it. That includes motorcycles and cars.

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    1. Thanks, at one time I was going to do a project of all things “free” I saw by the road. Yes, free is a relative term-a thing only has the value you give it. I have a post about free horse manure which to the farmers might be great but I’d rather have an Africa Twin.


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