What I noticed upon re-entry into the United States is the vast and multiple plethora of choices of “stuff” that any consumer has. What I also notice is that the “stuff” really all appears remarkably similar in design. Should a product come out that is unique, the competition of capitalism will have executives paid not to innovate or create, but rather provide ROI to the company in order to meet the quarterly numbers and keep their jobs.
I know there is a point where innovation and capitalism can go hand in hand, but what I am noticing in the west is capitalism, creativity and innovation are simply all being muddied up in a game of legal mumbo jumbo.
I must be getting old, in that as I age, and particularly after the past 10-15 years on this planet. I really don’t want stuff that is not a tool, or a devise that can help create or make something. I don’t want or need the normal house. I don’t want or need a normal office. I am seeking a “space” that blends all into one stream where you simply don’t waste or spend time doing the obligations of life that the current system says is fine, and will probably get worse as the urban centers gentrify even more.
For example, I am surprised at the resistance of many with the idea of a driverless car in the USA. It is in a small way like gun rights, “it is my given constitutional right!” And of all the amendments…people are granted the right, except for being a gluttonous fool. I don’t think that was written in with our countries founding fathers.
The auto is some symbol of freedom in the USA. It was the 50’s and 60’s where American auto probably were at the leadership role in the world with design and styling for the masses. With it, having a car, two or seven in your one, two, warehouse of cars was simply how I see American society heading. We have enough, but we want MORE!
After ditching the pursuit of more “stuff” for the sake of MORE stuff! It just seems ridiculous at how marketers steer the people. Perhaps it is that I was a merchandising nerd that studied human emotion to manipulate minds into buying more stuff, that happened to be marked up to levels so high, because we had a temporary monopoly on pricing and goods inside arenas and theaters. Today I shake my head and wonder why people continue to gasp and pay for sport and entertainment goods, have some team logo emblazoned on it, and pay MORE for a licensing fee.
So, I must be getting old, or all the years in Japan and the realization that nature is far wiser and a better space than the man made world of stuff we clamor to as a species…but am going really minimal.
If I didn’t create and invent and have a need to prototype and build. I really hate to think what my life would look like. Would I be like an old time hobo with a stick that had a bag of computers in a big bandana hanging from it pulling a wagon full of tools behind me?
But life really is that simple for me. What we have created with Agrowbox 2 has an additional “cool” element in that one can live, work, grow, and “be” in one space that I never thought was possible until we had to deal with off the grid issues.
Today…you can live anywhere on this planet. The odd part is that human beings are fighting to live in few spots on the planet, and chase some odd rainbow for more stuff and a pot of gold at the end of it, requiring more…instead of simplifying, reducing, and being a whole lot happier.
But that is what I learned walking out my time on this planet. It is just stuff. Why as humans we create more difficulties and problems form something that is so simple…perhaps is the answer to the human conditions issues.
It is like this blog. I post stuff. When I started, there was some odd hidden agenda about readers and wondering what others think and feel. Today? I simply write because I enjoy the 10 minutes about whatever is in my brain. It also is easier for me to organize my odd thoughts with writing. Odds are I will forget what I even wrote about today. Such is the beauty of not having an agenda of stuff or a motive. Life gets simpler…ok…dealing with other humans…not really…but life in general…much easier.