|The less you need, the more free you will be.|
Here at NBA we get wonderful comments and emails from people that have also realized the futility of fettered, unsustainable lifestyles. But I have been noticing similar sentiments expressed in many other areas in my reading around the internet.
More and more people are fed up and tapped out. Finished. Done.
They know the effects, personal and environmental, of consumer-oriented lifestyles. Stress, depression, unpayable debt, and a big house cluttered with consumer goods that need to be cleaned, maintained, stored, and disposed of properly. Environmental destruction.
Many folks are simply bailing from the whole mess.
For example, here are a couple of comments from a thread on a real estate and finance blog that I follow. The post was essentially about people living beyond their means and piling on debt.
One commenter wrote:
"It is time to voluntarily exit middle class madness and start spending within your means. Live small and debt-free, not big and in deep.
This is my plan:
1. Get rid of stuff (sell, trade, and give away).
2. Eliminate debt.
3. Invest what’s left, and live simply.
Wait and pay attention and you will be thankful you pulled out before it all collapses.
As I have been selling stuff, it seems that people are still spending money. It’s like the general populace has reached a point where they are fatigued, and spending makes them feel good.
Bad news is exhausting - go shopping.
My goal is to own almost nothing. Literally. I’m done with the consumer life. I want nothing - that’s where the freedom is.
When I die, I want to be thrown away along with my shoebox of possessions. It should take about ten minutes.
That’s my goal now."
In response someone else said:
"My spouse and I just had that conversation today. We were thinking the same way you are about possessions. We have already sold and got rid of a lot of things.
We want fewer things, too. I curse most of the stuff in my home, believe me. But it is tough to get down to that shoebox.
Good luck, I’ll see you out there on the road to freedom."
The consumer capitalists tell us that working hard (for them) and buying things (from them) will set us on the road to happiness and ultimate freedom. Well, they lied, and more of us are catching on to their soul-sucking scam.
See you on the real road to freedom - becoming unencumbered by societal expectations and material things.
“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.”
- Gandhi, whose possessions at death could definitely fit in a shoebox