I’m sitting here in my comfortable bed on the brink of a cold weekend that I will spend warm, fed, entertained, and planning my dream of building wealth to one day buy my freedom. To say that I am privileged would be a gross understatement. In fact, I often feel sick to my stomach when I sit and consider my own privilege in life in comparison with those around me. I don’t have to look very far to see the juxtaposition, and I also don’t have to search very far in my heart to feel my own disappointment in myself for not doing something about it. I won’t bore the 2 people who may or may not one day read this with my existential angst (that I really have no right having). Instead I will share what has me thinking this way. It’s this wonderful documentary I stumbled upon tonight called HUMAN. The entire documentary can be found on YouTube, and I highly recommend watching it from start to finish, but I especially wanted to share the part that resonated with me. It just so happened to be delivered by the president of Uruguay.
“Either you’re very happy with little without overburdening yourself because you have happiness inside, or you’ll get nowhere. I am not advocating poverty. I am advocating sobriety… When I buy something, or when you buy it, we’re not paying with money. We’re paying with the time from our lives we had to spend to earn that money. The difference is that you can’t buy life. Life just goes by. And it’s terrible to waste your life losing your freedom.”