I came across this post from about three years ago that seems to apply to my recent posts on tiny houses and simplicity. Take a look… I think it applies more today than it did even three years ago… Click on the image below to go there.
I loved the quote in the title above when I came across it recently on the CNN Channel’s GPS. Too many people want easy-to-understand answers to all the problems around them. So when someone comes along and tells them that the solution to gross wealth inequity is to build a wall around the country they jump on board. When someone tells them that the answer to terrorism is to ban all Muslims and deport those citizens who don’t take a loyalty test They say “yeah, yeah”. In my mind the people who do that are just too lazy to take the time to understand the complexity of the issues. “Get rid of immigrants and all the jobs will come back.” “Ban Muslims and there will be no terrorists in the good ole USA”. HELL YEAH!!!
I have made it known several time on this blog recently that simplicity is one of my current goals in life. To lead a simple life free of stuff is the central part of it. But there is a difference between trying to simplify your life and thinking everything has simple answers. There are unknown connections between many things in life that make “simple” answers almost impossible.
A long time ago on PBS there was a series called Connections hosted by David Suzuki. It showed how many diverse things were connected in this world. It seems that almost everything interrelates with everything else. Nothing is isolated onto itself. The answer to wealth opportunity inequity requires serious contemplations and attacks. A big part of it is simply perception.
- Too many people are wrongly convinced that they don’t have a chance in this world so they think and act (or maybe don’t act) accordingly.
- Too many people think that they are unable to learn so they don’t even try. The slog along in high school and then expect a high paying job when they get out.
- Too many people don’t take the time to “think” and ponder the issues to find the most viable solution. They are convinced that if they can’t find a job where they are or with their current training then there is nothing else they can do.
- Too many people are just too lazy or have such low self-esteem to believe that they can do something about their circumstances in life. They want simple answers and easy options.
The appeal of simplicity in a complex world is enticing indeed…
The last few years the concept of simplicity has been a major theme for me. I have spent much of the last year decluttering my life and all the stuff I have unnecessarily collected. That included a closet of clothes never worn in several years and a 30×60 foot barn with decades worth of accumulated junk.
For some reason I now find it much more satisfying to live a cleaner life without so much stuff. I don’t know if this is because I can see the end of the tunnel or if this has been a lifelong endeavor that is finally risen to the surface. Either way I am glad to welcome it into my world.
I searched out my photo library for what I think is the very idea of Simplify and came up with the following photo. Living simply does not mean living without beauty…
Sometimes I see the elegance in the simplicity. This is one of those times….