Extinction of species, climate change, extreme weather events, growing poverty, pandemics, ocean acidification, desertification, endless wars, and injustice. What will wake us up to the need for changing how we live with each other and this beautiful planet?
I wonder if we will wake up before there is no wilderness, clean air, clean water, or sanctuaries for humans, animals, and plants. I wonder if we can learn to be satisfied with less so that we might reduce the burden on our planet while finding more satisfaction.
There are numerous studies that show the benefits of living simply. Why do we get so caught up in the ideas or more, better, consuming, chasing, rushing, and doing?
The main drivers of our problems are overconsumption driven by corporations and people ruled by greed, growth, and profits. We need new economic and political systems that prioritize quality of life and sustainable living rather than profits and growth.
It’s time to stop and smell the roses, literally and figuratively. Simple living is a great way to slow down and focus on what’s really important. Working less to buy stuff we have time to reflect, relax, and prioritize our lives. Underneath the acquisition of stuff, we usually want to feel better and/or to connect. If we were connected to our joy and purpose, we wouldn’t really need much; food, shelter, water, and community. Here is a good article summarizing simple living and how to move in that direction.
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.Hans Hofmann
I write about simple living often because I care and am growing disheartened by the state of our world. My only solace is the belief that humans will kill ourselves, ridding the planet of the parasite we’ve become. Then earth can restore her balance, and encourage new life forms that live from love and unity.
What do you think? Do you have hope for our human future? Is the planet resilient enough to restore her balance?