I’ve grown tired of the noise of modern life. Not just noise in the literal sense, but in the
metaphorical sense too, the visual ‘noise’ and the ‘noise’ of stuff that seems
to be clogging up my life. The audio
pollution seems relentless. I try not to listen to anything more than I
have too. I had stopped watching the news and I’ve
stopped listening to the radio in the morning because I just can’t stand the
daily drivel as I drive to work. And
there’s another thing that gets on my nerves, the over the top dramatics of
everything, the news, interviews, even quiz shows. You can’t get a straight answer anymore,
there has to be a dramatic pause before everything. I used to enjoy quizzes but
the minute the dramatic pause starts, I turn over or as it is now, turn
off. Which explains why my TV watching
is down to 3 shows, The Good Fight, the Grand Prix and Gardener’s World. Monty Don on a Friday night is the most
chilled out moment of my week. Yes, I
know how sad that sounds!
The sound of silence is seriously under- appreciated and
it’s only when you try to find a silent moment that you realise, silence is
almost impossible to achieve. Even when
there is no one around, there is still the background noise of cars in the
distance or planes passing overhead.
Even at the top of Gortin Glen, you can still hear the distant drone of
So, I’ve been cutting back and cutting out a lot of stuff
recently, I’ve also cut back on my time online, again the ‘noise’ of constant
advertising driving me away.
I’ve been having a bit of a clear out too. As well as trying to get rid of the audio and
visual pollution, I’ve been clearing out my ‘stuff’ as well. Actually, it’s been less of a clear out and
more of a purge, getting rid of all the old stuff that has been clogging up my
life and my house. There is just too
much of everything and I feel overwhelmed by it. Too many clothes, shoes, books, creams,
jewellery and all the other useless stuff I have accumulated in pursuit of…I
don’t even know? What is the point of it all? I mean, what is it all for? I’ve also found, the more I get rid of, the
more I want to get rid of, so I’m still purging. Minimalism here I come..
I’ve also called a halt to all spending. It’s
part of my life plan to try and bring capitalism down by not spending my hard-earned
on anything other than the absolute necessities, like food. So, I’ve set myself a weekly budget of £40, £20
for diesel (I need to travel to work, although I’m looking for something closer
to home) and £20 for food, which is doable when you live alone. I don’t have much debt and I’ll be rid of most
of it within 20 weeks or less, although there is one loan that will run until
next year, unless I get lucky and get a lift of money from somewhere.
I was discussing the accumulation of stuff a few months ago
with a good friend of mine and he recommended a great documentary called The Century
of the Self. It’s available to watch for
free online, and was made by the BBC. I
highly recommend it. It explains how government
and business have basically being doing their level best to brainwash us
all. And they’ve been pretty successful
at it too, I have to say. We have moved
from the concerns of the collective, to the promotion of the individual over
all others. It’s basically, divide and
conquer by another name. We’ve been
encouraged to put our own individual needs, over the needs of the greater good. Where we used to have neighbours, now we have
competitors in the race to have and to own; better job, bigger house, fancier
car, more stuff and more stuff and more... etc, etc.
And what is all the spending for? Profits, for the corporations. The wars and misery in the world today are
driven by profit for the few at the expense of the many. The pursuit of money is a poison for
humanity and the planet. It has caused
the most horrific damage, pain, death and suffering to the world and its inhabitants since
its invention. If we got rid of money
tomorrow and instead started living by the maxim,’ everyone taken care of’, the
world would become a very different place.
All we need is the will to do it… To be continued
As always, comments are welcome..