I just visited a very nice place, an old traditional village area that's been repurposed into an arts area. People live there, make art, show it to anyone that comes by, which, on a weekend with nice weather, is quite a crowd.

But I was visiting after sunset, and it was drizzling, and there was almost no one there. But we could see the community garden, the buildings, the tiny store, the theaters for movies and performing arts.

One thing that struck me is that everything there was clearly looked after. The table was in that place because someone put it there. Two bowls on a roof were there because someone would put food in them, for a cat I imagine, every day. Every plant had someone hoping it would grow and give them food.

It's quite the contrast to a modern city, where in a huge apartment building every floor is the same. Things are where they are because that's just where they are. There is an owner, but there isn't really any specific person taking care of it, and if there is, maybe it's some staff member whose connection to the place is pretty weak.

I think there's a real reason to look after things. I know, in modern business, there's no reason not to capitalize on an asset, use money to diversify. When people build things now it's normal to hedge the risk and take money off the table by letting someone else mind the store. But it just feels wrong. I couldn't tell you why, but we should care about the things around us, and develop connections with each other that are reflected and embedded in how we're useful to each other.