I had no great agenda behind my statement - it was actually prompted by the joy of a quiet Friday night, instead of the hectic one I'd had planned.
But a friend chose to see this as a political statement - or at least to respond to it that way. He posted a link that suggested that choosing to live simply implies a willful ignorance of the inequities and injustices of the world. (The actual specific politics of the link he posted can be tracked down on my Facebook page if you're really interested. But that tangent is beside the point.)
Here's the thing. The conscious pursuit of simplicity in one's life has nothing at all to do with ignoring all that is seriously screwed up in the world.
On the contrary. The pursuit of simplicity - living with intentionality, with a focused discipline on reducing distractions - is surely the only way we can consider the situation of those less fortunate with any meaning, any consequence.
By choosing to live simply, I choose not to purchase, acquire, and consume in the manner that my culture seems to think I should. By choosing to live simply I spend less time focused on the lifestyles of those who contribute [not much] to society and spend more time focused on the lives of those who bring Quality to mine.
I don't mean to preach. I didn't mean to preach when I posted the simple statement on Facebook. But neither do I like to be misunderstood on a matter that is a core belief.
Intentionality. Conscious existence. Stillness. These are the things that allow me to live meaningfully.
This little rant was written for Stream of Consciousness Sunday, which I stream-of-consciousnessed about last week.