December 02, 2018
Here are the material possessions that I need to live a life that I’m content with:
Anything else is pure luxury.
It feels like the media constantly shoves products down our throats, making us feel like we need to buy this crap we don’t need to feel complete.
But fulfillment via material possessions is at best temporary - your new car makes you happy for a week, and then you get used to it and that “hole” in your life is still there.
The only way to truly feel fulfilled is to get rid of this hole, to rid yourself of any dependency on external material possessions for your own internal happiness.
Most material purchases are for status signaling anyways (eg. expensive house/car, luxury handbag). I think it’s pretty self-explanatory that buying something just to impress other (shallow) people is absolutely pathetic.
That doesn’t mean one must move into the countryside and become a monk or live like an Amish person, cutting themselves off from all modern technology. I love technology and the internet and would prefer to continue participating in it.
I just don’t need 99.999% of the sh!t that people want me to buy. I don’t need a penthouse suite in a big city, a fancy car, expensive clothes, and whatever other meaningless crap everyone is peddling.
Give me a laptop and an internet connection and I’m good. I can access any book, article, video, TV show, song, or software ever made for free.
I love traveling, but traveling through paradise-like destinations like Thailand is cheap. I used to stay at AirBnBs and hotels, now I live in hostels because I prefer the social atmosphere. If I really wanted to save money and be free I could just sleep in a tent.
The capitalist machine wants you to buy sh!t you don’t need with money you don’t have, because without your money it dies.
Stop feeding the beast and let it die.
Written by Jeremy Bernier who left the NYC rat race to travel the world, work remotely, and find the meaning of life.