Is this a new way or an old way of thinking?
It's about life being easy. Is it possible, do you think, that Jon is being profoundly wise or is he simply naive?
Great minds think differently
I love this! Many thanks for sharing! Everyone has their own way of living, values and goals. Different things are important to different people but I believe we yet are all alike in many ways. However, I've noticed some culture differences during my time in Paris, London and Taipei. Don't know if it's just coincedants or actually says something about three different countries/cultures. In London, at the office or pub when people try to learn to know you, they would ask: -Where do you live? -Where do you work? In Paris they asked: -WHO are YOU? -What is YOUR opinion? In Taipei they ask: - Have you eaten yet? (People here love to eat all the time and there are lots of delicious food) - Who do you love? Who is/are important in your life?
The message for me is this: He has found his "easy" by doing and achieving things that have given him peace and satisfaction. Everyone is different and everyone's "easy" is different. We will never stop change and neither should we. It should be embraced and enjoyed. The challenge is to appreciate what you have got. That is not to say that you can't strive to better your life or the life of your family but enjoy every step of the journey and don't be discontent on the way. Love, Live and Matter.
what a beautiful way to start my week - thanks for this Phil - I don't think Jon was saying that we all have to rush out and build mud huts - I think he was saying - be at peace with who you are and be happy with what you already have. Constantly stiving for more and more is soul destroying. Thanks for sharing this with us - ann
Thank you Phil I really enjoyed listening to Jon and can agree with much he says. I do not agree that everything taught in Universities is destructive. It is a generalisation which losses sight of many of the things he seems to promote on his own website. The simple life certainly has much to recommend it. Our lives have got so complicated now that we can not figure out the solutions....so we employ life coaches to help us do the figuring. Twenty years ago (or was it 40) I had never heard of a life coach. How did we survive without them? Perhaps life was a bit simpler and we had time to reflect and work out our own solutions. C
There is something charming and disarming about the idea of building your own mud hut and wearing cast off clothing. But for hundreds of years the lives of peasant farmers in Britain was far from idyllic or relaxed. The transfer of this philosophy that "life is easy" is captured on video and streaming them via the internet to houses with electricity and a broad band connection. You can't make those systems or networks with mud bricks in a couple of hours. Thankfully there will always be those who explore and discover and treat and cure. Not many diseases can be fixed by contemplation and water. We are constantly being asked to contribute to helping the poor and the sick and dedicated scientists that have studied hard and long at university may one day be able to complete their investigations into the causes and cures for malaria, river blindness, bilharzias. Turning a prayer wheel and sitting around decorating knife handles won't ever. Of course It's easy to retreat and accept life as it its - to just kick back and accept ones fate - but rather than stand powerless and accept ones fate as divinely pre-ordained and wring our hands as we watch our children be swept away in the next Tsunami or expire from the plague, some people are putting their minds to understanding the universe, and improving our life chances improving the fertility of the soil, making modern communications available and delivering the benefits of hundreds of years of scientific endeavour. We should be thankful that rather than sitting around smiling and enjoying the sunshine some people continued at university and discovered or invented anaesthetics, vaccines, the electric motor, pasteurisation, insulin, cataract surgery, the light bulb, and a thousand other things that save millions and bring relief to lives of pain, hunger and poverty. We can't all sit and relax and let others do all the heavy lifting work. Its too simplistic and a false dichotomy to juxtapose continued progress or "I'm all right Jack "indolence as the binary choice available to everyone Michael
Thanks to Mick Say for Tweeting this. Glad the guy had the insight to examine his own situation and realise what he did have. Can't see how it would work for someone living in London or any other town in the UK for example. The nearest equivalent might be squatting in empty property? Or perhaps going home to live with Mum & Dad? You would at least be there to look after them as they get old, something that may have been a factor in his returning home to his village. Some parents though might take the view that their child should be away and making his own way in the world. When you have village roots you can return to, then working two months a year and building your own house in 3 months is an option. You can't go and buy your own plot in Thailand BTW as farangs cannot own property without a Thai partner. The point here is to realise what will work in your country. And you will only know if you try. Oh dear, just had a horrible thought! How long before someone turns this into a book, then a deluxe edition or video, then a complete life coaching course? All further and further away from the very simple and worthy idea "Why am I doing this?" Post Script: Jon has his own website http://www.punpunthailand.org/
I guess there is nothing wrong with thinking this is the way... if that is your comfort level. So much for abundance. Looking poor to get handouts is not my way of thinking or living. You have no chance of winning the "Guy with the most toys" award. It also limits what you do, like exploring the world and learning how we became who we are now. Oh well, to each is own.
Hi Phil Thought provoking as always. To answer your question: I think that in his own country Jon is profoundly wise but if he lived in the UK or USA or any other country in the developed world I think he is simply naïve. That said - I am now seriously considering converting my beloved lawn into a vegetable patch ! Thanks for posting the video - it really makes you think Mick
I love this - thanks so much for sharing Phil. I agree with his comments on civilisation entirely. Life could indeed be easy, but the way the world has already become makes it so, so difficult. If you're brought up in the western world, there is a way of life set out for you and it's very difficult to break away from that within this system. But there are things he says that can be applied in our lives realistically. This way of thinking can certainly be. So although I won't be building my hut any time soon, I espouse a lot of his philosophy and I already apply it to my life. I know what really matters. It's not the outward trappings, it's who I am.