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Enlightening Articles: Wisdom of a Homeless Man

In these times of economic melt-down, increasing unemployment and general hardship, we can learn a most enlightening lesson of wisdom, simplicity and fortitude from the following article ‘Thought’s of a homeless man’:

Fictional, but based on an actual conversation, with the interlocutor here speaking.

I’ve been homeless for ten years. I made some mistakes and I paid for them, but I lost all my friends, and my family refused to ever see me again. Jobs are scarce; I have no skills of value to anyone. But like Siddhartha in the Hesse novel, I can think, I can wait, I can fast. Many days I go hungry. But I have infinite patience. And I can think, but usually think myself into a self-righteous and ethical stalemate.

I decided to give up trying to make it, you know, to give up trying to be a square peg — or is it round? It was just too hard: trying to pay rent or a mortgage, trying to pay insurance and debts, trying to guess what pleases people.

I imagine average people would say that it is my fault, that I am dysfunctional. But wasn’t it Freud who said, “Who wants to be functional in a dysfunctional society?” Not just dysfunctional — modern society is basically sick. All the values are upside down. What is celebrated is greed, exploitation, violence. What is scorned is simplicity, nature, the slow, and the quiet.

Being homeless, I know this firsthand. Homelessness is being criminalized. Simplicity is being criminalized. The Native people of this continent didn’t have property deeds and legal documents, so everything was stolen from them, and when they insisted that this was their home and that everybody had free access to the water, the land, the forest — well, they were pushed out of the way, or were killed outright.

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A Parable Of Wisdom Explaining Simplicity, Moderation & Contentedness

Here is a nice little parable of wisdom for those who think that having a huge amount of possessions, being wealthy, having high position and owning many businesses equates to one enjoying life to the full and attaining happiness.

Heed the lesson of the following story well…

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The Warren Buffett Way Of Simple and Frugal Living

Despite Warren Buffett being the second richest man in the world, he seems to possess the wise virtues of simplicity and frugality, something which is very rare in these days of materialism and complex living.

As the following reveals:

A Short Take on Warren Buffett’s wisdom that we can all learn from, no matter how rich or poor…

There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second richest man who has donated $31 billion to charity. Here are some very interesting aspects of his life:

1) He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!

2) He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.

3) He still lives in the same small 3 bedroom house in mid-town Omaha, that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.

4) He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him. Read more …

Canadian Couple Prove That You Can’t Buy Happiness

Lovely story this from off the BBC News website

Canadian couple give away millions in lottery winnings

A Canadian couple who won $10.9m (£6.7m) in lottery winnings in July say they have given away $10.2m of the prize to groups in their community.

Allen and Violet Large said they were plain country folks who needed no more than “what we’ve got”.

The two said they had donated about 98% of the cash after helping their family.

The elderly pair gave the money to churches, fire departments, cemeteries, the Red Cross and hospitals, where Ms Large has undergone cancer treatment.

“We haven’t bought one thing. That’s because there is nothing that we need,” Mr Large, 75, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mr Large, a retired welder from Canada’s Nova Scotia province, added that he and his wife were quite content with their 147-year-old home and everything else they already owned.

“You can’t buy happiness,” he said.

Who says there are no contented and simple living human beings in today’s world which is mostly pervaded with superficiality and materialism?

I’m just wondering, would you have done the same?

Find Contentment in a Discontented World

Follow Lao Tzu's 'Way' to be contented in life.

In an earlier post entitled ‘The Simple Way of Living Towards Peace of Mind’, I shared my own thoughts on living with simplicity, something which walks hand in hand with contentedness on a merry journey towards peace of mind.

So let us call up a wise Chinese Sage of ancient times to start this lesson with a contentment quote or two,

“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

~ Lao Tzu

We are forever discontented in mind because of the need to complicate our lives with striving for external pleasures and vanities.  We are like spoilt children who are given a large amount of toys to play with – we then eventually become bored with them, disposing of them one at a time until we become restless, and then want a particular toy another child has so to temporarily fill the unhappy void of discontentment.

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