A few weeks ago I was contacted by this guy from a website called SoCal Sessions. He wanted to interview me about sustainable living. I said sure come on over and we had a nice morning walking the beach and talking. He was an interesting guy and had a really nice beard. Today I got an email from him and I thought I would share it.
Just 600 years ago it would take about 1,000 days to circumnavigate the world and you would most likely die trying. Today most people with a plastic credit card can fly around the entire world in a comfortable seat in just over 2 days. We’ve grown from 1 billion in population in the early 1800’s, just 200 years ago, to over 7 billion today.
People ask me about health insurance, old age, and death pretty frequently. I think these are extremely important things to talk about but I haven’t had too much to say in the past. It’s a tough thing to talk about, but it’s got to be talked about. So here’s my thoughts.
I am entering an era of my life of nearly complete non-ownership. I do already live minimally and with few material possessions. The little I have is for the sake of function rather than of prestige or emotional attachment yet I yearn to develop further. I yearn to dedicate myself more to the betterment of humanity. I yearn to be there for the children who are not being cared for, for the elders who’ve been forgotten, for my fellow human who feels a lack of place or purpose, for the species that have been displaced by my races superiority complex and lack of care.
I’m auctioning my tiny home and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to build tiny homes for the homeless.
January 29th is my one year anniversary of living off the grid in this tiny home. It has been an incredible experience but in my quest to live simply giving away my home is the next step. I will now travel my country and the world, lending my hands to bring strength and courage to those in need (more on this here). I will not have a physical home for the time being but by embracing the earth as my home, I believe that I will never be homeless. Lately I’ve become more aware of the vast wealth gap, where a small percentage of people hold so much money while others have so little. I am not rich in financial wealth but there are many people with less than I, living on the streets of the USA, and I know that they could use the comforts and security of a home much more than I.
I talk to countless people who want to live a more earth friendly lifestyle and pursue their true passions but explain to me that they are just too caught up in the rat race. By this I mean working a job to earn money and then paying bills and debt and not having the free time to live the life they truly desire. A vast majority of Americans are in debt and so often working to get from month to month with bills.
Man, do we have a lot of it. Most of us know we’ve got far more than we need but with the abundance of stuff on the market and ridiculously cheap prices it’s a real challenge to keep it at bay. You might know this already but if not, brace yourself. Most stuff causes serious environmental harm and likely harm to fellow humans as well. I never looked at stuff the same after watching The Story of Stuff. I encourage you to watch this before continuing on.
You read that right, I compost my own poop. I live off the grid in a little house in San Diego and I compost my own poop. You might have some questions like:
Is this safe?
Is this stinky?
Haven’t we evolved past having to deal with our own poop?
I’ll let this video do the explaining:
There are over 1.5 million nonprofits registered in the USA. That is awesome! Well, sort of awesome actually. It seems to me that if we have that many nonprofits we shouldn’t have as many problems as we do. I really admire anyone who is going out of their way to make a difference. I honor anyone who is doing more than their share for humanity, animals, or the earth. Whether they form a nonprofit or are just a dude or chick making a difference matters none to me. It’s all about taking action! But it’s also about taking well planned and intelligent actions.
I remember sitting in the living room of my apartment in San Diego in the summer of 2012. My friend Greg had just gotten rid of his smart phone and traded it in for an old school flip phone. It looked so inconvenient to use. Texting looked like a burden, as did having to call in to listen to voicemails. It did not have access to the Internet. It made me nervous just to think about trying to use that thing to get my work done and keep in touch with friends. I thought I couldn’t live my life without a smart phone.