Your decision to choose a simple life will probably be met with puzzled, blank stares by your friends, family, and co-workers. They might even ask if you are insane.
"Why don't you want to 'cash in' with the rest of us, and live the high life? Is something wrong with you?"
We all feel the need to toe the line in life - we are social creatures. No one likes to be ostracized. That is why it is one of the most powerful punishments a community can met out.
The fear of being ostracized keeps most people in line - they go to work, buy a house, fill it with stuff, have kids, buy them stuff, follow all the rules and laws, and stifle the questions that invariably bubble to the surface from time to time.
Being out of favor with established ways can result in a damaged reputation. This can effect jobs, friends, and possibly your future. It makes most of us think twice before saying or doing something that may be thought controversial. Like, choosing to live simply while surrounded by excess.
Or talking about geoengineering, or the complicity of our government representatives and corporations, or weather control, or the end of oil, or native rights, or a whole host of other topics with are essentially verboten in mainstream society.
So here is our moral dilemma:
- Should we make lifestyle changes that are crucial to continued life on the planet, or should we keep on submitting, laying low and living our culturally approved big footprint ways that will not draw any attention to ourselves?
- And when it comes to conversations about life-threatening practices such as unregulated consumer capitalism, should we measure our words, or worse, hold our tongue, so as not to offend anyone and put ourselves at risk?
The choice is right in front of us. What will you do?