Crumbs From the Corner: Adventures in Woolgathering

Monday, October 8, 2007

A Man Said to the Universe

A Man Said to the Universe, by Stephen Crane

A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."

We, as people, really ought to be more humble about everything. I first read the above lines a year ago and gleaned that caveat from them.
Consequently, I and my Spouse have sincerely and wholeheartedly tried to change our way of life.
Given the situation we were in at the time, it was initially about being more careful with money.
As we progressed, however, not only was frugality becoming easier for us but we were, bizarrely, having a grand old time!
And somewhere along the way, it dawned on us both that having less trappings in our home made us feel content and carefree. The burden of possessions was fading rapidly and, more urgently and to the point, we were finding original, cheaper and kinder ways to have fun.

What precisely do I mean by 'kinder' fun? How can possessions be burdensome?

That is what these writings will be concerned with: it truly is not necessary to spend copious amounts of money to enjoy the world. It is possible to live simply for the sake of your wallet as well as to leave a more gentle trail in your wake.
The aim is to chronicle those things which make us happy. Oftentimes, however, I will encounter people who make me decidedly cross and I will want to relate that, for the simple reason that everybody teaches us something.

My Spouse and I are still learning, apprentices yet of this desired lifestyle. We are a long way from our chosen goal (which relates to a particular number of cardboard boxes, a map of the world, and a vision of an astonishingly small moving truck which we scarcely fill a corner of.)

There are many aspects to this change of ours that I would like to write about. I believe it begins with being humble and considerate.

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