The High Price of Materialism (video)

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  1. Indeed. Stuff is inherently apart of our lives though I feel 90% of it is unnecessary. I sold most of what I owned and could fit everything left in the back of a small truck and from there was able to start the foundation of a happy life only needed to make infrequent purchases as needed. Free time was a byproduct of not needing to work to pay for everything. Since those days I have been able to find enjoyment on little. Another key for me was moving out of a city where the central focus, in my opinion, is consumerism.

  2. “Simple Gifts” was written by Elder Joseph while he was at the Shaker community in Alfred, Maine.

    ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free

    ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,

    And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

    ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

    When true simplicity is gained,

    To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,

    To turn, turn will be our delight,

    Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

  3. So true! Your possessions just weigh you down. Toys and gadgets need attention, have a learning curve, break down, and ultimately, don’t make you happy. Get rid of the junk and start a garden. Having your hands in contact with earth and seeing the fruits of your labor grow in front of you is deeply satisfying. Grow some food, share with neighbors and friends. You may find true happiness there.

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