Simplicity

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” -John Maeda

“Vivid simplicity is the articulation, the nature of genius. Wisdom is greater than intelligence; intelligence is greater than philosobabble.”-Criss Jami

*Long rant ahead, detour now to avoid collision*

The inner minimalist inside of me wishes I could live on the side of a mountain near a lake or river in a self-sustaining house with my own garden. Away from the world of complexity. I don’t forsee this actually happening but a girl can dream.

I am so bothered by the fact that we are surrounded by SO much techonology in this generation. Often times it’s too much. Yes, of course, we have surpassed more than what we could have ever imagined in this lifetime when it comes to technology. In many situations, technology is comepletely justified and necessary (i.e. medical field, automobile industry, food industry, etc.) but when it comes to entertainment it is purely that…entertainment. (I guess I should say here how much of a hypocrite I am when it comes to this. Yes, I do enjoy the occasional movie, being able to connect with others via facebook, and so on and so forth. BUT there is always room for improvement. There are always things I could and should be doing to rid myself of complexities).

We waste so much of our lives on things of absolutely no importance. How does one gain any wisdom or life experience whilst scrolling through a facebook news feed? How are we supposed to make memories when we hide behind a screen constantly?

It’s a morbid thought but we aren’t killing time, time is killing us. It is evident that someday we will all be gone and all we’ll leave behind is a few memories and a couple of phrases on our tombstones. Time is what you make of it. We are not infinite. We have been gifted this precious time that we call our life.

How are you living it?

 

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