People frequently ask me about health insurance, what I’ll do as I age, and my feelings on death. I’ve spent countless hours contemplating these themes of life. They are difficult topics to address publicly, but I feel that I owe it to all of you. In this video, I share much of my life design and philosophy relating to money, health, health insurance, age and death.
This year I renewed my passport and they sent me back my old passport with ten years of memories and sentimental value. I practice non-materialism and non-ownership and strive to be present in life by owning few possessions. I decided to use this passport as an opportunity to share my tips on how to downsize and simplify your life.
(Note: My article from 2015, An Argument Against Veganism… From a Vegan, now forwards here.)
“Are you vegan?”
That is a very common question that I receive, and I believe that it deserves a very thorough response. It’s a simple question, but typically there is a whole lot behind that three-word question.
The simple answer is no, I’m not vegan. Throughout my life, my diet has changed quite a bit, as it does for most people. In 2011, I started to wake up to the problems with our globalized industrialized food system and started to change what I was eating. Documentaries like Food Inc. and Earthlings taught me the truth about where the meat I was eating was coming from and the harm it was doing to the world, humanity, other species, and my own body. I was appalled by factory farming and resolved to remove it from my life. I didn’t do it over night, but over the next few years I transitioned to a more plant-based diet.
There are a lot of people today that are waking up and realizing the negative impact that their lives have on the earth, on the other creatures we share the earth with, as well as on humans in far off lands. Just living out our daily lives causes destruction; from the car we drive, to the food we eat, to the clothes that we wear. Most of our actions have been monetized and are in the hands of companies that put profit over people and the planet. Knowing all of this and actually acting on it are two very different things though. Often it is fear of the unknown and fear of what others will think that stops us from making the changes that we know will cure the pain in our gut. The pain I speak of is that of knowing our life is unfair to other people or animals whose land is being destroyed indirectly by our actions. It’s a pain of knowing that we should make a change but not doing it. I use to feel it a lot, but I decided that I wasn’t going to continue on causing destruction in all of my daily actions. I took a stance and changed my life for the benefit of the earth, other species, the human race, and myself. Today I’m sharing with you my advice on how to overcome the fear to live an earth-friendly lifestyle.
I strive for a society that treats the earth with respect, that cares for all the species we share our home with, and that respects one another. I work towards a society of people that make decisions based on the greater good of all rather than themselves. Do you dream of this and work for this? If so, this article may be of service to you. This is my guide on how to influence and inspire others to be good to the earth. I hope that it proves to be very beneficial to you!
I’m not going to talk about bottled water, gas-guzzling vehicles, or factory farmed hamburgers here. Those are just a few of the thousands of ways that most of us are destroying the earth. If you don’t give half a crap about anything but yourself the words ahead will probably mean nothing to you. But if you have even a little twinge in your belly that everything is not all right on earth then I suggest taking this seriously. These 11 ways to stop destroying the earth hit deep at the root of our thoughts, words, and actions.
I’m not telling you what to think about yourself. This is a reminder for myself and you have the option to contemplate this.
I am a mere blink on the face of Mother Earth. I am not that important.
I am one person among 7 billion currently living. Each one of us is the center of our own universe. Over 100 billion humans have lived and they all have died. They all lived for a mere blink on the face of our earth. No matter how big of a deal they were they still died and so will I. Doesn’t matter whether my face is on a billboard, whether millions tune into me on TV, whether I make the world smile around me, or if I’m the president of the United States.
New in the United States is full of brain numbing, fear instilling, negative stories, but I am doing my part to change that!
In 2013 my activism was featured in 13 news stories that aired on over 30 channels across the USA.
My aim is to help wake this sleepy country up, and I’m using positive, inspiring, educational stories on the mainstream media to do so.
Here’s the highlight video of my news stories. I bet you can’t watch it without smiling 🙂
Most of the experts in happiness will tell you that it comes from within and this is something I’m beginning to understand and experience more and more. Many of my most challenging moments that would put others to tears have been my happiest. I realize that it is my outlook and attitude that decides whether I feel happiness or sadness under any circumstance. Life is a matter of perspective.