Sharing is the joint use of a resource or space. In its narrow sense, it refers to joint or alternating use of an inherently finite good, such as a common pasture or a shared residence. It is also the process of dividing and distributing. Apart from obvious instances, which we can observe in human activity, we can also find many examples of this happening in nature. When an organism takes in nutrition or oxygen for instance, its internal organs are designed to divide and distribute the energy taken in, to supply parts of its body that need it. Flowers divide and distribute their seeds. In a broader sense, it can also include free granting of use rights to a good that can be treated as a nonrival good, such as information. Still more loosely, “sharing” can actually mean giving something as an outright gift: for example, to “share” one's food really means to give some of it as a gift. Sharing is a basic component of human interaction, and is responsible for strengthening social ties and ensuring a person’s well-being.
Famous quotes containing the word sharing:
“So close is the bond between man and woman that you can not raise one without lifting the other. The world can not move ahead without womans sharing in the movement, and to help give a right impetus to that movement is womans highest privilege.”
—Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (18251911)
“I go for all sharing the privileges of the government, who assist in bearing its burthens.”
—Abraham Lincoln (18091865)
“Eventually we will learn that the loss of indivisible love is another of our necessary losses, that loving extends beyond the mother-child pair, that most of the love we receive in this world is love we will have to shareand that sharing begins at home, with our sibling rivals.”
—Judith Viorst (20th century)