Simplicity, a very old idea indeed!

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less”

Socrates

Living simply or living with less is by no means a new idea.  Many long lost minds have linked simplicity to happiness. Socrates, Lao Tzu, the Buddha, Leonardo da Vinci, Thoreau and Albert Einstein have all commented that less maybe the path to happiness. There are also examples of those living simple uncomplicated lives who claim to experience greater happiness than their peers. Such reports can be found on every continent in every culture and throughout all periods or recorded human history.

In the modern world we Westerners have been fooled into accepting the predominant ethos of our better-faster-bigger-more culture.  This preaches the worship of an insatiable list of never ending needs that must be paid for with ever decreasing freedom, recreation and family time.

Corporations have responded and provide us with ready made store bought solutions for problems we never imagined ourselves ever having. We are dislocated from the natural environments that support us and isolated from the mutual support of a community around us. The convenience of these shop ready solutions has reduced our problem solving intelligence, our ability to adapt to our environment, our capacity for creativity, our knack for gathering wisdom and our ability to garner support from community around us. Our essential humaness has become lost.

There is a better way.

The way of <=>.

Solve your own problems with your intelligence, your hands and your skill. Save your money for the freedom slot machine. Break free from the unfree world.

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4 thoughts on “Simplicity, a very old idea indeed!

  1. When it comes to our neurotic fixation on seeking identity and security through what we own and even the ideas and opinions we cling to in our mind, less truly does equal more!

  2. Pingback: A Vow to Seek Simplicity | Lavender Turquois

  3. Reblogged this on It's Tidy Time! and commented:
    Simplifying your life starts, and is maintained by a shift in thinking. It’s not as difficult to do as you might think, and you may have already considered it. Check out Mr. Simple’s post for some motivation.

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