Live Simply So That Others May Simply Live.

December 11, 2008

I love that expression.

At first glance it might be a little difficult to grasp, but after looking at it for a while it becomes crystal clear as to what it means.

Live Simply So That Others May Simply Live.

By choosing our lifestyle carefully, we are in effect helping many other people around the world who have it a lot less fortunate than we do. Buying organic cotton clothes and bedding keeps pesticides and other toxins off farm worker’s bodies. Choosing to use biodegradable soaps and cleaners prevents our oceans and rivers from becoming toxic waste dumps. Giving money to charity instead of splurging on yourself once in a while enables a kid in some far away land to get a textbook. In almost everything we do, there is an effect on someone else in the world. Just being wise to this fact can separate you from the herd.

Only a few extreme environmentalists want anyone to go live in a cave, eat only wheat grass, and read by candlelight only. Most of us are not that type of “green”; I just want everyone to be able to live comfortably and mindfully, within their means, while having a minimal negative affect on the rest of the people on the planet. No matter how far away they are or what they do for a living, they are still people. And we all share the earth together, regardless of age, creed, sex, or the size of our wallets. If we all do our best to keep in mind the other 6 billion people on the planet every time we shop or make lifestyle changes, we will all be better off. And there is nothing wrong with that at all…

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Filed in: Responsible

About the Author:

After a varied past of being a test driver for automotive television programs, a Hollywood studio lackey, and an online media sales director, David is now the publisher and editor of The Good Human. In his spare time he rides motorcycles, drinks good beer, and builds stuff in the garage. You can follow him on Twitter at @thegoodhuman or G+ at Google
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Comments (6)

  1. David says:

    That is a great definition indeed!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Amen. It certainly gives a much heavier weight to living green when you help people put it into those terms. I love the definition we studied in school: sustainability is living in such a way to meet the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of the future.

  3. dawn says:

    Live Simply So That Others May Simply Live.
    A perfect statement …
    Love it :-)

  4. Dan says:

    Kind of looses its impact when on the bumber of a $40,000 SUV. Thats where I first saw it. A lot of greener vehicals than that on the road that serve the same purpose.

  5. Mary says:

    i’ve been researching and reading a lot on living a minimalist lifestyle. Getting ready to start cleaning out the clutter today. If I haven’t worn it or used it in the last year…it’s going to charity! I just recently purchased a Prius so I’m feeling much better about treading lightly on our Mother, now I just need to find a job that doesn’t promote excessive spending! Any suggestions?