Scanning the news I came across a story about a family of three in Berlin that lives without money. You can read it here
It seems this guy and his wife work for others in exchange for room and board. It’s a variation of the old barter system that has basically died in industrialized nations. This couple is doing it as a way to raise awareness about the excessive consumerism in the world.
I read an article recently that estimated that 1/3 of the world’s food production is wasted. One third!
Then I read an article about the entire Bulgarian government resigning because of pressure from the Bulgarian citizens over the poor standard of living there.
Is it just me or is there a whole bunch of craziness in the world today? I sit here watching the rain fall outside my writing studio, and I think about my day and upcoming weekend, and I have no thoughts of excess. I have no stress. I have goals and I work towards them, and I spend every waking hour loving my family. My life couldn’t be much simpler and perhaps that is why so many things in the world baffle me.
Why does a person need a $117 million home? Why is so much food wasted? Why have things gotten so bad that the poor have to rise up in protest for not having the basics to live on?
There is a big world out there, and even though these things do not affect me on a daily basis, they affect me on a human level. Consumerism and the good old market society may well be, one day, the downfall of industrialized nations. The poor everywhere may one day rise up and say that they have had enough. It has happened before in history and there is no reason why it won’t happen again.
Just random thoughts as I sit here watching the rain fall on Olympia, Washington.