From Permaculture Principles:
Fair Share: Set limits and redistribute surplus
We are provided with times of abundance which enables us to share with others.
The icon of the pie and a slice of it represents the taking of what we need and sharing what we don’t whilst recognising that there are limits to how much we can give and how much we can take.
Established fruiting trees are likely to produce more than one person can eat. It takes time to pick, share and preserve the harvest and there are limits to how much fruit we can use. It makes sense to share the bounty.
The growth in human consumption and the accelerating extinction of species make clear the impossibility of continuous growth. Sometimes we need to make hard decisions and consider what enough is.
We need to focus on what is appropriate for us to do, rather than what others should do. By finding the right balance in our own lives we provide positive examples for others, so that they can find their own balance.