Enough. . .

The economist E. F. Schumacher said that any fool can make things complicated, but it requires a genius to make things simple.

Think of how complicated we’ve made our lives. For example, most of us spend half of our waking time working hard doing things we don’t enjoy, just so that we can make enough money, and when we have some free time on our hands, we spend both our money and time shopping, buying products we don’t really need, many of which later on require more of our time and money to stay in good condition.

All this stuff is not only cluttering our physical space, but also our mental space, thus taking away much of our energy and focus. But advertising has convinced us otherwise: that it brings us joy and fulfillment. So we keep on acquiring more and more products, yet we are never satisfied. In fact, we are sad, confused and exhausted.

Gandhi said that the Earth has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed. We can live happily together and have enough to satisfy our physical, emotional and spiritual needs. But when we become greedy we can never have enough — even if we have everything. And on our way to quench our thirst for more, we ruin both our personal and public health, as well as the health of the wonderful planet that sustains us and every other being alive.

Simplicity is the remedy for our personal, social and ecological maladies. The question is, when are we going to leave our foolishness behind and regain the lost wisdom of knowing that enough is enough?

Peace and Love, Jim

#enoughisenough #thedailybuddha

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