Amy’s challenge this week is a very meaningful one. Imagine how the Earth would benefit if the human species truly embraced the idea that “Less is the new More!”
We’ve all seen news articles showing evidence of huge flotillas of garbage in our oceans, of urban sprawl eating up wilderness, and of first world over-consumption. I remember being visually struck by a National Geographic article by photographer Peter Menzel showing the possessions of an average family from a variety of countries across the world. (Material World: A Global Family Portrait) The American family had enough possessions to fill the end of their cul de sac.
One of the benefits of my preferred way of travel, camping, is that it gives me the opportunity to live very simply. The clothes I’m wearing, a tent, a box of matches, some bedding, and a few cooking utensils are completely sufficient. The food I eat is recycled: gathered in and returned to the land. The vast landscapes of the outdoors are anything but simple. The world is a complex array of ecosystems. But focusing on one feature reveals the astounding beauty of simple design.
Removing extraneous clutter from my photos and my way of life allows me to focus on the wonder of the essence of Life. That I am alive and that I am surrounded by life that exists on levels more intricate and vast than I can see or imagine is…simply…amazing.
It’s frightening to think that the American family had enough possessions… but it is true! Via your lens, we see “the vast landscapes are anything but simple”. Simply beautiful!
Such an insightful and inspiring post. Thank you, Scilla!
Thanks, Amy. It is a worthy challenge and an important thing to ponder.
I agree Priscilla, it really is amazing. Good for you for your attention to Less is More in your way of life
Thanks, Tina. Contentment doesn’t require much, just attention.
Hi Scilla, I love hearing about your camping travels. Have decided I’m going to take a friend up on a camping weekend offer. It’s been 7 months since I was last out there! … Thanks for reminding me. M.
Go! Have a wonderful time, Meg!