Imagine if you will a simple life. You have clothes, food, and housing. You are content.
But then company comes. It’s an old friend or maybe a family member. The Who doesn’t matter. What matters is that they own something you’ve never had. Maybe it’s an appliance, a gadget. Perhaps it’s a piece of jewelry or a piece of fashion. It could even be a new song that they play.
Suddenly, your life isn’t so content anymore. That something new has sparked a desire in you to possess the new thing.
But if you’d never encountered it, you wouldn’t have ever dreamed of wanting it.
That’s the way with so many things in our life. We don’t know that we want it until society shows it to us and tells us that we want it.
And it happens every day. Whether it be friends, family, television, social media, it’s all society trying to program us into living and being and buying and owning what THEY think we should own.
How do we tell the difference? And how do we break the spell?
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I’ve written a lot of books sharing my odd view of life in hopes of helping others. My most notorious book is titled The Shoestring Girl: How I Live on Practically Nothing and You Can Too, but The Minimalist Cleaning Method is pretty popular as well. You can find them at the following places:
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