|The Consumption-Fulfillment Curve|
"He who knows he has enough is rich", Lao-Tzu said. That is because achieving a relationship with enough means unlimited fulfillment, instead of the diminishing returns of increasing consumption.
I feel rich because my basic needs are being fulfilled - not everyone in the world is so fortunate. I have enough food, clothing, and shelter. As long as we live in a world where millions are starving, homeless and cold, how can I expect any more?
I have quit the endless striving for more. It has allowed me to create a life directed toward more productive and fulfilling purposes. I don't have much by Western standards, but I know I have enough. That knowledge has set me free.
I can't say what 'enough' is for anyone else, but I can tell you what it is for me.
- liberation from perpetual want.
- the sweet spot, elegant and simple.
- sufficient, not surfeit.
- my fair share.
- what the planet can sustainably provide.
- feeling secure and satisfied with what I have.
- comfortable vs. luxurious and extravagant.
- sane and rational.
- the cure for greed.
- doable for all of our sisters and brothers around the world.
|Yes, you can buy a piece of the moon|
"How much is enough?" is a question that we must answer in our journey toward a better life, and a better world. When we answer this question truthfully and honestly, fulfillment is unlimited and we are truly rich.