Human nature. A constant through the ages. As in the timeless lesson of the first Thanksgiving.
"Once the Pilgrims in the Plymouth Plantation abandoned their communal economic system and adopted one with greater individual property rights, they never again faced the starvation and food shortages of the first three years. It was only after allowing greater property rights that they could feast without worrying that famine was just around the corner."
A reprise of our traditional Thanksgiving message. Seems especially timely now.