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Jon is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on simple techniques to live more sustainably. Outside of Pun Pun, Jon is a leader in bringing the natural building movement to Thailand, appearing as a spokesperson on dozens of publications and TV programs for the past 10 years. He continually strives to find easier ways for people to fulfill their basic needs. For more information visit http://www.punpunthailand.org
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The answer is, because of greed! The book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible teaches us that all of man's problems come from his desires. The more a man desires the more the man will have to work the more the man will wear himself out trying to become rich and then the more Misery the man will suffer. Achieving the basics in life is easy yes..... Everything after that just brings temporary things and takes a lot of sweat and misery to obtain them all. The Bible teaches us, better to be happy and content and joyful with a little than trying to suffer to get much. Because when you die you cannot take it with you!
This message was so amazing! I have been super stressed about my life lately and finding a good job that pays well and focusing on missed opportunities and how im just getting older and older and still haven't decided what to do with my life. I have a beautiful wife and family but no job but my wife works and it really eats at me right now. I still need to find a source of income but this makes me realize I've been over thinking a lot of things in my life, life should be simple like this man is saying, I mean do I really need a really good job that pays a lot and I work super hard? For what? Will I then be happy?.....Probably not. I just need to stop over thinking and be happy with LIFE! And live life how its suppose to be lived.....FREE. By the way.....I still got 20yrs to own my house bhahahahahahaha
Well, we're not all born equal with the same skills and talent due to genetics, so it's not so easy for some of us. Sure, we can try to be positive, but that only goes so far. Eventually, we all need support, and for whatever reason, some of us just don't get it. We can't do it by ourselves. All of the family members I could count on have passed away, the only ones left couldn't care less. Same thing for my closest friends, all gone. And the friends who are alive and I have helped in the past have abandoned me, so I guess they weren't true friends. Life is tough when tornadoes hit your home and destroy everything, then contractors you hire screw you over. Then no one wants to help you, just saying "Stop feeling sorry for yourself." Yea, it's easy to say that when you haven't been hit with a tornado yourself and your life turned upside down. Some of us are just screwed. Life is not that easy for some of us.
I noticed this in Indonesia. The people just seemed to sit at the side of the road all day doing very little (maybe farming a bit of rice) but most of the day they just sat around and are and talked with each other. Not a great deal of money but they all seemed happy.
I really love your idea. But it is too far from reality. We had to spend a lot of time and effort to win the competition with out friends and co-workers. From school to company, we've been adjusted in this kind of capitalism system(infinite competition) so that we can survive. Yes, I agree with your thought. But honestly say, "That is too ideal to make it real today.".
If people followed this way of living, we would still live without electricity or better transportation such as cars, airplane, telecommunications and entertainment system, air conditioning, heating, medicine, better farming and mass food and clothes production, better hygiene, better education, better rights, better opportunities, equal right between gender and epidemic fighting such as vaccines and medical treatments. All of these came from people who use their brain to fight or find ways for better living of human. They don’t just stay still, but worked hard and achieved what we saw today, otherwise would still live like old age time. Unfortunately, for some people they don’t see the value of these things, but still wanted to get the benefits from using them and blamed them for their unhappiness.
I had been through a lot of competition in my life at school. I was trying to do my best at class, then I went to university I did alot of things to be the "winner", or "the number one". Now I have been working for 13 years, I find that I'm tired to be in that such of pressure.
Beautiful and inspring!! Small detail, in the Western world I have to BUY ground for building a house... Nothing's (at least not much) for free over here, too bad! Again inspiring Jon! Respect for this easy audible lecture
1. An excellent speech.!
2. Not ordinary people understand what is said because what has been mentioned, comes from high level of thinking when one is enlightened.
One needs to go to a monastry for such training.
3. All human attachment must be removed before one reaches the state of Fruit Status.
4. This is the state of Buddha level
5 All sickness comes from ownself , i.e. previous lives and this life from bad deeds like bullying , murder , greed. fame etc.
All debts have to be paid until in all future lives. In christianity this is refered to as sin.
One take away for me from this video is this: "Before you buy something, ask yourself - Am I being it because I want it, or am I buying it because I need it?" Buy only what you need, not what you want.
Little by little we are discovering the authentic wisdom of the Earth, the connection with the Universe and every time we are having wisers from the different peoples of Earth coming out with the ancient richness to proclaim the real wisdom. Very good.
Hello TEDx, actually it is the reverse, life is hard and all we do is trying to make it more easy.......unfortunatly all the actions of all the lifeforms are done to make the experience of life less hard. Better never to be born......
A few people always have invested interests in making life harder for others. Take wars for example. Life is the hardest during wars. Yet a few benefit billions from them. Those few know that the way to making life harder for multitudes is by stupefying them as much as possible. The harder you have it, the more miserable you are. The more miserable you are the less creative you will be and the more you will rely on fear. The more you fear the more you'll need to believe in the power of a deity such as the dollar or euro. This would explain today's 'normal' uncivilized state of affairs he is speaking about
People in the village have a lot of time. It doesn't mean they hv the mentality to think what they want. They don't hv a choice. Professionals help our lives in a good way too, not just taken away the nature. People can't hv a house in 30yrs cos they don't take action, simple.