Not out of poverty or not being able to afford to buy things, but simply because it just makes sense. For several reasons: environmentally and ethically, for increased personal happiness and satisfaction, and to create freedom from the entrapment of 9-5 living.
Environmentally and ethically, it is unnecessary, irresponsible and unethical to live the way that the western world is living.
Why do we need all. of these. things?
We live in a country where people go shopping, just for the sake of going shopping. We buy things just so that we can have more things, with little thought to where those things have come from, or what we will have to sacrifice, environmentally and ethically, to buy them.
And on a more personal note - in our daily lives, how much value do all of our materialistic possessions add to our lives?...
When children receive MORE toys, do they instantly become happier? does it make them more joyful? has it been your experience that owning more possessions makes you feel more free? does it make you walk with a spring in your step? laugh more?
And how much money do we need to buy all of these things to make us feel happy...
Can you put a dollar figure on how much money we need, to buy the material possessions required to create happiness?
Yes...apparently. $75,000 per year, according to a study in the US of happiness and its correlation with income. The main finding of the study, was that at $75,000 per year, happiness plateaued.
People did not feel ANY happier after they reached a point where they felt that all of their needs were met, the bills were paid, and so forth.
However in much of the abundant literature that is available on happiness, life-satisfaction and contentment, most of the indicators for happiness are not linked in any way. You do not need a big house, or two bathrooms, expensive cars or designer clothes to make you happy. And chances are, if you own those things, those things also own you too.
It creates anxiety to take care of, protect, store, transport and worry about all of the things in our lives that have become bound and attached to us.
What if we let those things go?
What if we were free of the societal expectation to buy new clothes all of the time?
To have matching sheet sets, and cars that are barely off the show-room floor before they are replaced with a bigger, better model?
What if we didn't buy take-away food, and lived from the markets?
What if we reduced our living expenses so much that we didn't have to work 38 hours a week to maintain our consumer-overload lives, and we had more time and freedom to pursue the things that we are really passionate about?
To me, that is freedom.