Are humans really mammals? Every other mammal on earth instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but humans do not (unless you're like Geoffrey here). We move to an area, multiply until every natural resource is consumed, and the only way we can survive is to spread to another area. We’re even talking about spreading to Mars.
Humans seem to be more closely related to another organism on the earth that follows a very similar pattern. A virus. We humans are a disease, a cancer of the earth like the plague, destructively expanding with no limit in sight, altering the very nature of the planet that sustains us.
But, what is the cure?
We need to use our human potential to solve the puzzle of how to live and understand the science of self-realisation.
Genuine human progress begins when we acknowledge our predicament, our failure to find happiness in materialistic lives. A report by social scientists measuring global happiness found that a coolie carrying loads on his back through the streets of Kolkata experiences the same level of life satisfaction as the average American.
Money doesn’t buy happiness. Having lots of possessions doesn’t make us happy.
What is happiness anyway? Do we really know? The reality check starts with ignoring media-hype and what people say. Maybe then we will find real answers and connect with the timeless wisdom of our ancestors.
I've got rid of about 95% of my possessions over the past year, and this week I'm clearing out more. I'm just keeping things that I need or make me happy. I'd rather have a beautiful place to walk than a designer dress, and feel sand beneath my feet more than a diamond on my finger. Could you imagine wild mammals living like we do? Obsessively hoarding possessions and locking themselves away in brick buildings, about as far away from nature as they can get?
Will you join me in returning to a more natural - and happier - way of living?
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The photo is of my dear friend Geoffrey Bennett aka The Green Man.