What Can We Live Without?Posted on Nov 1, 2011 | 36 comments
Could you survive on 5 dollars a year?
I'm sure people have. In fact, just yesterday I was watching an episode of GlobeTrekker in which a man claimed he lived for a whole year in the rainforest of Costa Rica on leaves and berries, and he only spent $5 on stamps to send letters home.
And then a few days ago I was reading this short post by Leo Babauta at mnmlist suggesting we all go non-corporate, a la the Occupy Wall Street crowd, and take back our right to live without being guided by products and agendas.
These stories got me thinking about what I really need in life. What I need to be happy and fulfilled.
Could I live on 5 dollars a year?
I could do it.
I'll just pack up all my stuff and go find that guy in the jungle!
I'll admit, and not happily mind you, that the corporate world has hooked me. I am bought in. I'm a slave to the creative forces that keep conjuring up stuff for me to buy, use, and need.
In my world, I can't escape the powers that be.
My food, clothes, transportation, holidays, education, and day-to-day life have been occupied by the corporate masses. They run my life. They keep the wheels spinning so fast that it seems as if nearly every moment, of everyday, I need to buy or get something to solve some sort of problem I have in my world. It is overwhelming.
And then I stop and think about that guy in the jungle who spends his days eating berries with monkeys.
Is his life overwhelming?
Is he a slave to the influences of the corporate world?
No, he's not.
He might have to worry about a python or some spider bites, but groceries and oil changes are the farthest thing from his mind. He is off the grid. Free from the influence of corporate greed. He has given himself the ability to learn what life is all about.
And that's exactly what I want to do.
I know I can cut back and make some everyday changes to my lifestyle that well help free me from the grasp of corporate influence, and I have, but that hasn't solved my problem.
I have 2 young kids. I live in a major American city. And I am surrounded by ads and influence every second of my life.
As I sit here at my computer, without even the slightest turn of my head, I am being influenced by Macintosh, American Airlines, Firefox and Citibank. Unbelievable!
I want to live without the influence of all this stuff and be able to see the world as it's meant to be seen - AD FREE! For me, the only way to find out what I can live without is to obviously live without it. And the only way I think I can do that successfully or fully, is to get myself and my family away from all this crap. To move our lives away from the maddening crowd and relearn life.
I have to change my world.
So tell me people, what can we live without?
What can you live without?
Well, the day this ship sets sail we will certainly let you know, but until then my guess is we can do without an awful lot.
OK Escapists, that’s it for now, but make sure you come back and check in on our progress in our quest to travel forever. We promise we’ll put everything we’ve got on the table for you.
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