Simple Living Vs Simply Living!


  

This Life Is Not Even About This Life!

A real Spiritual life always results in a minimalist lifestyle, because we Messianic disciples know full well why we are here. But assigning words to things does not magically make those things real or measurable; yea, scientific. But simple living is also not simple math; the number of things possessed is not the point.
Still, we who live contently under the Messianic Cross, would be uncomfortable with too much, and would not accept the responsibility of a large sum of money (e.g. an inheritance). However, the wealth hungry (masses) live for money; they are indeed, devout Mammon servants.
This is equally true of those who claim to be minimalists and/or simple living advocates. It is not who they are; it is just something they try; it is just sampling an alternative lifestyle; it is not why they live and breathe. Most people are low income earning consumerists who have acquiesced to this reality, and are now trying to find a way to live with less tribulation.
This fact can be observed within the comments of the Simple Living Reddit. Nevertheless, true simple living is to simply live: To be freed of the bondage of blind Enculturation! Simple living is true freedom.
Many Messianic disciples who live near to (secular) Homeless people, notice during our interactions with them, that even they do not live a simple or minimalist lifestyle. If they had the monetary resources they would have as many things and lifestyle complexities as anyone else in the greater population.
And then there are those who go through stages/phases in life; they will shed themselves of all possessions (just put it in storage), take a backpack and hit the proverbial or literal open road. Others who are also slaves to money and to consumerism, will just own or buy less things than others around them.
And while these can be good things, that's not minimalism or a simple living lifestyle. This can be known by measuring the level of chronic stress; measuring peace and daily contentment. Scientifically, blood samples can measure cortisol levels recorded on a regular basis over a few years; that would reveal much.
The deeper psychology for those, not living daily under the Messianic Cross, must be seen within their carnal/primal roots (which all humans are born into). E.g. Hoarding behavior is similar to mammals stocking winter food or bears gorging for hibernation. There is a mammalian carnal/primal explanation for (at least) the predilection to hoard things. But transcending all that is (in part) why we are here and in this form.
For all Messianic disciples; we live by a higher calling, and get our directives from the Messiah Scriptures: In this particular topic, that would be Matthew 5 thru 7.
Participating in the Car Cult would (by itself) represent the most complex and dangerous of any lifestyle, ever lived by humanity. Simple living centers around conscientiousness: It is to be aware and conscience of how all ones life and lifestyle decisions impact others. It is to desire and seek efficiency over what appeals to vanity or ego or emotions.
I use/own electronics, such as an antenna equipped (no cable) 58" HDTV that doubles as my Linux driven NUC-PC monitor; a laptop; and a Moto phone. I stream almost everything nowadays; there is more than enough availed for free. I prepay $60 USD monthly for mobile & home Internet combined.
I take advantage of all the extensive no fee offerings of my public library. I use shipping and delivery of everything, over driving to pick up things one at a time. I move myself year round with a scooter or I just walk (got RideShare if needed).
Almost anyone can live this way in any urban or suburban or rural setting. Just pick places that are efficient and that has routes (bike/scooter and/or bus) that allow safe travel. If you have children and you Love them, you cannot and will not raise them in North America (see video).

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