The simple life

I’ve had a ton of really great articles pile up in my room over the last few months and I finally got around to reading through them all.

My mom shared this one with me, and something about it, on a conceptual level, spoke to me.

The author follows some kids that are living the Freegan dream out east.  I’d never heard of this movement until this article.  Effectively these folks believe that our society wastes too much and they live off of that excess.

At the core I love this.  Waste not, want not.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could all grow our own food, share what we don’t need for the things we don’t have and blissfully float along in life?

I often wonder why it is that jobs where you spend most of your time active, on your feet, and moving around are often the jobs that pay you the least.  While I hate retail, at least when I worked at Peets and left at the end of the day I felt like I actually accomplished something.  Whereas when I sit in an office all day a lot of the time all I have to show for what I’ve done is an item crossed off a check list.  Way less satisfying.

I wonder what it is about our culture that has made us value so much these jobs where human interaction and activity is so limited.  I would love nothing more than to spend all my time outside or working with my hands than to be cooped up on a windowless office poking away at a computer.

Sadly, I don’t have much faith that things will change anytime soon.  It’s great to see all this attention being paid to sustainability and slow food and buying local, etc.  But it’s not like Huge Company Inc is going to let their profits slide in favor of supporting a simpler way of life.  I feel like breaking down the system is going to take a crap load of work and I just don’t know that I’m going to see that happen anytime in my lifetime.

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