"Since the earth was given to all mankind [sic], access to and use of its resources were meant to be shared and available to all. The creation narratives cannot be used to justify privatized, individual ownership, since it is to mankind [sic] as a whole that the earth is entrusted. This is not to say that there can be no legitimate private ownership of material goods, we have already seen how in Israel legitimate property rights were grounded on the belief of God’s gift of the land and its distribution to the household units. It is to say that such individual property rights, even when legitimate, always remain subordinate to the prior right of all men [sic] to have access to and use of the resources of the earth. In other words, the claim ‘I (or we) own it’ is never a final answer in the moral argument. For ultimately, God owns it and I (or we) only hold it in trust, and he may well hold me (or us) responsible to himself for others who might have greater need of it. Ownership does not entail absolute right of disposal, but rather responsibility for administration and distribution. The right of all to use is prior to the right of any to own.”
- Christopher J.H. Wright, An Eye for an Eye: The Place of Old Testament Ethics Today
Together they stand in the checkout line with their carton of raspberries. They are in love. They love raspberries. He is tall and blond. She is tall and blonde. They nuzzle each other noisily, exhibitionists in the market, Surrounded by lesser flesh, envious, purchasing slag. Soon they will exit, gods into the parking lot, And drive away in their car with the flowers on it.
But the raspberry season is over and they have chosen The frozen. The line is long and the carton is starting to drip.