Life might be a game from Milton Bradley, but I’m tired of playing the “real life version”. No, I’m not suicidal, I am simply tired of living my “life” under the rules and regulations that are imposed upon me. Are there alternative countries to move to? It does not seem so, since this entire planet seems to be under the grip of capitalism in one form or another. But there HAS to be some other way to live, one that does not seem oppressive on such a daily basis.
A simpler way of life seems like an obvious choice – who in their right mind WANTS to complicate their life? Only a narcissist would look forward to this prospect. There are many “necessities” in life, but there are so many other things that we *think* we need, but really those are “wants”. Trying to separate the needs from the wants is quite a daunting task.
Imagine you and a small group of friends were stranded on an island. Would you include capitalism as one of the founding systems for your “new society”? Of course not! The first priority is survival. Think of the pilgrims when they landed in the new world – they had bigger problems to deal with than trying to make a profit. Finding food and establishing shelter are always the first priorities.
Is the capitalist system in America (and most of the rest of the world) the *only* way to go? The economic crunch of 2008 has re-designed how business in America works, and automation is re-designing how people DON’T work. Unfortunately, every step of automation progress forward guarantees more unemployed people. But capitalism (as we know it) requires buyers to keep on buying, yet they can’t if they are unemployed. It’s a wicked catch-22 situation and it’s accelerating *exponentially* because of it’s own advancements.
Housing is typically the biggest portion of anyone’s expenses and thanks to banks utilizing compound interest on their loans, it’s almost a guarantee that you won’t be able to fight your way out from under a home mortgage. Alternative forms of housing, such as the Tiny House movement can keep (or completely eliminate) your home mortgage.
Live-aboard boats offer another affordable solution, but they have their drawbacks as well. (You need water!)
Communes, or as the modern name calls them “Intentional Communities“, offer a way of life that seems closer to what I want, but most of them require you to “buy” your way into the community. This is a business model that closer resembles a time-share arrangement than actual communal living.
Being a bum or beggar on the street sounds simple, but it’s really not. You don’t have the resources available just for the basics in life, let alone anything that might resemble a “want”.
“Couch Surfing” can be a free way to find a comfortable spot for the night, if you don’t mind constantly moving and are a trusting individual of strangers.
If you have an RV, you can live a semi-nomadic life of traveling from one camp ground to another and working for them in trade for a place to hook up your rig. Their pay is minimal but the freedom might be worth it.
No matter what form of housing you choose, unless you are financially independent, you will have to work (at least part time) for the other things you need. And this is yet another sore subject for most folks, myself included. Is there anyone out there that honestly, truly loves their job? Even someone who says they have a great job usually has something else they would rather be doing. So why don’t we utilize automation – the same automation that is putting so many people out of work – to provide the basic necessities for everyone? I’ve explained the concept of a Resource Based Economy to many people and there persists to be quite a few who don’t understand. They will defend capitalism to the bitter end, never realizing the very system they espouse is also what is holding them back.
I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I do hope that I hold my own future.