I have been discussing three ways of making a living, which correspond also to three kinds of economic relationships. Cast as maxims, these ways are:
I. Use what you’ve got.
II. Exchange what’s in hand.
III. Offer what you can.
I. ‘Using what you’ve got’ is a territorial as well as a (for lack of a better word) practical claim. I own a home, and I use it to shelter family members and guests. Or I find some rosemary on my land, and I use it to flavor tonight’s dinner which is served to my wife. Historically, I believe the addressee of ‘use what you’ve got’ is me and mine (tribe, clan, family, community, etc.).