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FedUpWithIt All Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-21-09 01:46 AM
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14. We recently sold and gave away a large portion of our possessions
Edited on Mon Dec-21-09 02:02 AM by FedUpWithIt All
and moved to a more rural area where we have purchased 50 acres of inexpensive, very raw land. We have started construction on a small straw bale cottage/shed. In the spring we plan to do some clearing and digging (for a future root cellar and earth berm greenhouse/coop) and continue building.

In the meantime we have moved into a small 2 bedroom over a garage. We no longer use a washer and dryer when we can help it. There are frozen washcloths on the porch as we speak. We have moved to a life with a computer, a tv and dvd player, a stove, a fridge, alarm clock and electric lights and heater as our only electronics. No more crockpot, toaster, straightener...We will eventually more away from electric for heating and cooking. Right now we only run heat in two rooms. We charge our cell in the car and limit our non-work travel.

We have one pre-pay credit card and have avoided banks for years. We bought our car used and paid it off quickly and are now saving to buy a second used vehicle for use on the property. We do not keep cable so the tv is only run when someone is watching a movie. We have a ridiculous number of puzzles, board and card games and books to fill up free time.

We are pretty happy people and we feel rich in ways that it are difficult to explain. The changes, while unusual at first, actually made life feel more rewarding. We also know that, regardless of the reasons for the changes happening, we are contributing less to the destruction of resources needed desperately by so many in the world.

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  -Deliberate Poverty bhikkhu  Dec-20-09 12:17 PM   #0 
  - K&R. Looking at it from outside the consumer culture  cliffordu   Dec-20-09 12:20 PM   #1 
  - Deliberate poverty..  ananda   Dec-20-09 12:21 PM   #2 
  - I keep hearing how something is leftist, or liberal, or conservative, etc  bhikkhu   Dec-20-09 12:43 PM   #5 
  - We are already doing it  TxRider   Dec-25-09 11:23 AM   #25 
  - Agree  potisok   Dec-20-09 12:34 PM   #3 
  - This is an idea I have been thinking of a great deal  eilen   Dec-20-09 12:43 PM   #4 
  - I've discussed that with friends as well.  juno jones   Dec-21-09 01:31 AM   #13 
  - "Not doing."  Gregorian   Dec-20-09 01:22 PM   #6 
  - I think my poverty is deliberate these days  Warpy   Dec-20-09 01:32 PM   #7 
  - estate sales are awesome.  pansypoo53219   Dec-20-09 01:55 PM   #8 
     - I've always found them unbearably sad  Warpy   Dec-20-09 04:33 PM   #9 
        - when I die, I hope everyone goes to town with the stuff of my life  babydollhead   Dec-25-09 11:06 AM   #24 
  - good thoughts  G_j   Dec-20-09 06:37 PM   #10 
  - I like this idea and have said that oil depletion will solve as many  jwirr   Dec-20-09 07:08 PM   #11 
  - I'm not a fan of poverty  XemaSab   Dec-20-09 09:47 PM   #12 
  - Perhaps another word would do  bhikkhu   Dec-22-09 01:09 AM   #21 
  - We recently sold and gave away a large portion of our possessions  FedUpWithIt All   Dec-21-09 01:46 AM   #14 
  - I'm on board.  GliderGuider   Dec-21-09 05:27 AM   #15 
  - Have you heard of The Dark Mountain Project?  eilen   Dec-21-09 06:55 AM   #16 
     - I sure have. I love it!  GliderGuider   Dec-21-09 07:50 AM   #17 
        - As do I  eilen   Dec-21-09 05:57 PM   #18 
           - I don't write well enough to submit.  GliderGuider   Dec-21-09 06:17 PM   #20 
  - Or perhaps we need to redefine "WEALTH", and what it really means.  Dover   Dec-21-09 06:10 PM   #19 
  - Certainly, and I think more about happiness than money  bhikkhu   Dec-22-09 01:17 AM   #22 
  - Indeed: Redefine wealth  BeFree   Dec-22-09 08:53 PM   #23 
     - Voluntary Poverty?  Nederland   Dec-25-09 04:39 PM   #26 
     - I'm aware of the hypocritical aspect of it  bhikkhu   Dec-25-09 07:29 PM   #27 
     - ...and about the computer  bhikkhu   Dec-26-09 12:41 AM   #28 
     - Good question  BeFree   Dec-26-09 05:31 PM   #32 
     - That seems to be a disingenuous question.  silverweb   Dec-26-09 06:19 PM   #33 
     - "True wealth is the ability to be generous"  bhikkhu   Dec-27-09 01:40 AM   #36 
  - Absolutely agree.  silverweb   Dec-26-09 11:51 AM   #29 
  - So where do you think healthcare comes from?  TheWraith   Dec-26-09 12:48 PM   #30 
  - Good things are essentially separable  bhikkhu   Dec-26-09 01:29 PM   #31 
  - So, we all have to have iPhones and Hummers and McMansions in order  kestrel91316   Dec-26-09 07:13 PM   #35 
  - I don't think of it as "deliberate poverty" but rather "simple living".  kestrel91316   Dec-26-09 06:52 PM   #34 
  - great post!  amborin   Dec-27-09 02:35 AM   #37 
  - I prefer the term "Voluntary Simplicity" for essentially the same concept  Electric Monk   Dec-27-09 03:03 AM   #38 
  - I would be calling this deliberate self worth and holistically minded  flow_urgirl   Dec-27-09 07:29 AM   #39 
     - Well said. And may I add,  GliderGuider   Dec-27-09 09:58 AM   #40 

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