Some people have more than they need while others never seem to have enough even though we all function with the same clock and calendar.
Time is a mental concept invented by man and it rules our lives.
Imagine if there were no months, no weeks, no hours. Only the sun and the moon, alternately rising and setting, and the ebb and flow of the seasons.
No more RRSPs, no more past, no more future. Just living. A body to feed, protect, rest. People and nature to love. Simplicity.
The idea is liberating. We are so far from what it means to be a living being. We are so deeply entrenched in the concept of time and money that we have become its prisoners.
We are stuck in a humongous hamster wheel and we are exhausted trying to keep it turning.
That is not what life was meant to be.
With the realization that we only have one life to live, it makes no sense to be stuck in a rut, every day the same as the last. Nature, life, sun, water, earth’s bounty of wonders – because so much of our time is spent working in order to provide food and shelter we only enjoy them a few hours a week. We are born in a system that is not natural. We are cogs in a machine that we never purposely agreed to be a part of. We have a lifetime membership in an anxious, stressed and tired society. Is this surprising? No, but it should be. This is not how life was meant to be. We’ve followed along, we’re stuck deep in it, but is it really what we want?
You can’t roll a wheel down a steep hill thinking it will stop on its own halfway down. The farther down it rolls, the faster it goes – that’s basic science. Our wheel has been careening downhill for a long time.
I would love it if things came to a complete stop. Be still the hamster. We all need to put on the brakes and stop the wheel. We need to feel the joy of being alive. There is so much to see, to learn, to do, to taste, to smell. I dream of a world where we can break off the shackles of the illusion in which we need to work to make money to buy things/rewards/habits that only serve the purpose of making us forget that we are not truly and fully living a life that may come to a halt without any warning. Personally, I am still looking for the off-switch.
I suppose this kind of thinking is at the root of the simple living movement.
Let’s find out more.