August 27, 2014

Opting Out - Gene Wilder

The consumer lifestyle can be hypnotizing, yet resistance is not futile.

Some people get it. They know the pitfalls of fame, wealth and excessive lifestyles, and turn away from the temptations on offer. They decide to opt out.

There are many examples of individuals strong enough to say NO to the alluring yet destructive ways of the modern world. This is what Gene Wilder said about why he doesn't make movies anymore:

"I like writing books. I'd rather be at home with my wife. I can write, take a break, come out, have a glass of tea, give my wife a kiss, and go back in and write some more. It's not so bad. I am really lucky."

As a consumer dropout, this sounds good to me. It is more proof that resistance in not futile, and we can choose to opt out.

Now I'm off to take a break and kiss Linda.


  1. Sounds good! I went to a local market town today, bought the food I had on my list, enjoyed the sunny autumn morning and just looking. Was not tempted by other 'stuff'. Had a lovely lunch with my 86 year old Mom and came home to my husband and dog. A great life...appreciated.

  2. I like this...most of my weekends are stay at home - gardening, cooking, reading, crafting, sitting/relaxing, enjoying nature. The best times.

    I saw this video you might enjoy.



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