Friday, 16 March 2007
Reactions to simple living
Live simply so that others may simply live.
I saw this on a mug the other day and thought it summed up what living simply and reducing our "footprint" really means. What we do and consume effects others around the world in so many ways.
So, why, when living simply really doesn't do anybody any harm and hopefully will do people now and in the future some good does it provoke such defensive reactions?
I am not living in a remote location or being self sufficient I am just living in a standard house like millions of other people. The way I try to live more simply is to consume less, to consume carefully and consciously, to own less, to be careful with energy use and to grow some of our own food. This seems to unsettle people.
When the conversation turns to holidays, people feel the need to justify their flights and how much they deserve their break, when its about cooking they explain how busy they are and how they are so tired by Friday that they go out or have a takeaway. I don't try to impose my ideas on others so why do they feel the need to keep justifying thamselves? Why is it threatening if I don't live as they do?
I would like to say that I thoughtfully explain why I think it important to live as I do but I have to admit I don't. I find it easier to stay quiet and say nothing - can seem a bit lonely though.