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Today we are obsessed with our possessions - our smartphones, our cars, our houses. The whole life of a middle class person passes in thought and actions connected with that.
When people don't think about how cool their staff is, they think about how much cooler ones exist and how they want them. We work for money and spend our money for things we don't really need. Then, after a while we get bored with them and start desire a new one, a better one. In order to get it we find again ourselves in need for money. It is a doomed circle of desire, money and brief satisfaction.
All of this keeps our gazes on a world of material and shiny objects. It makes us want more and more to the moment when nothing is enough. This situation creates from people robots and zombies.
The simple fact is that all of this, all the human world is just a chimera. It does not exist. Non of the things we want so badly would be here if we weren't. Furthermore, it wouldn't be here if we didn't want it. Still, our focus is on the stuff, that should make our lives easier, our daily routine more pleasant. The truth is that we are spending our lives aiming at things are we are told we should want and accomplish, but don't really recognize as our personal desires.
The real world, on the other hand, is just outside our grasp. It is the sky, as blue, as one could imagine; it is the wind, that creates the mother of all music, playing with the leaves; it is the smell of the forest. But somehow a huge majority of the civilization misses these simple and obvious truths. Nowadays there are children that have never walked barefoot on the grass (maybe and adults), that have never been outside a town, that have never touched an animal, that have never taken a fruit from a tree.
I think that most people don't consciously decide that they would live like that. They just do, because this is the way they know. I think that this detachment from the natural is dangerous. It creates this greed and lack of respect and love between people. Because how can you respect the other, when no one cares for your personal space? How can you give love, when you receive only passive attitude?
I read somewhere that more and more people rediscover the life in the countryside. I hope they do. Living outside of a city gives you a very important perspective – how small you are. When you realize that you are just a drop in the ocean (on the other pole with the feeling that you are the center of it all, created by your stuff) , you also see in a clear and simple way that your way of life and your choices interact with others, with people and with environment. In small communities people start to behave diffidently, more mindfully. A person becomes more caring, loving and not so self-centered.
You should try it.