Needing less gives more freedom than having more

November 24, 2015 by Joshua
in Awareness, Freedom

Mainstream society sabotages us by trying to sell us that having more—money, stuff, connections, etc—improves life.

How having more improves life it doesn’t say, but it’s usually through images of people enjoying themselves, typically when getting the stuff, which doesn’t represent the costs of paying for the stuff, maintaining it, putting on weight from eating it, the pollution it causes, and so on.

I’ve found two opposites of what mainstream society promotes more valuable for my life.

First, as much as I value emotions I like, I don’t find temporary emotional states valuable goals. I value emotional skills to create the emotions I want deliberately, which relying on external things for my emotions undermines.

So I value freedom to think and act how I like and strive for it.

Second, I find having more weighs me down and gets in the way of freedom.

In other words

Needing less gives more freedom than having more

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2 responses on “Needing less gives more freedom than having more

  1. Nice succinct post, Josh! It reminds us as to what is important. Your message is one that Peace Pilgrim lived by (she was an activist for peace in the `60s-80s).

    • Thanks. And thank you for telling me about Peace Pilgrim. I’d never heard of her before so I looked her up. I’m glad to learn of someone living that way even if I wouldn’t do it quite that way myself.

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