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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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This talk reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately," a passage from Walden by Thoreau. In my humble opinion, Jandai is describing the bigger picture of life: we are like pawns regularly looking for sophisticated ways with which to make our lives easier, thereby making our lives harder. Perhaps we should look further inward and think deeply about the common joys we as humans all have: family, friends, laughter, love, and compassion. Such a beautiful talk.
right... it's "easy" as long as you live in a climate which allows growing vegetables and fishing. In a place which is not at war. It's "easy" until you get cancer or some other horrendous disease which requires modern medical intervention. Good luck receiving water and soil treatment.
Yep, very easy to think of life at the most superficial level or in the context of the particular circumstances of this speaker.
Many many miss the point of the whole thing. First, look within yourself , what do you really want, not just follow the herd, follow what is drilled into you that "this is the measure of success" as society sees it. Second, whatever you are doing, if you are a software engineer, or a humble farmer, if you are happy in your work it will ease out a lot of unhappiness. Third, Beyond providing yourself and your family the basic necessities, like food , clothing and shelter and medical care, everything else is superfluous, everything else is GREED, unending desire NOT a requirement for a happy life. What is the only thing (leave out the details but distill the essence !) to take away from this is : look within yourself, accept yourself and live life on your own terms and find CONTENTMENT. Basically the parable of the wharton MBA and the fisherman by Jim below means the same thing....!
This idea has been around for millaniums. It has been taught and applied for generations. But nowadays, most of us are consumed by materialism and capitalism without realizing that we have been trapped by it and hard to get out of. Living a simple life in harmony with nature brings true qualities and happiness to our lives.
Exactly, life is simple but people make it complicated. Earlier you find what you want out of life, it's easier to live. The average and majority people follow social expectations and stereotype about life - earn lots of money, get stressed out, and die unfilling. I love the nature and like to be alone a lot. It gives me joy and peace. When I was earning bread, my mind was focused on how to live economically and generously to both myself and others. I managed to retire earlier than the average people. I now enjoy growing my food and helping the real needy around the world who are chasing after a wind. People need guidance, but they have to wake up to themselves - spiritual awakening and enlightenment. Bad and good experiences are good fertilizers to our soul and spiritual satisfaction. Most of people don't have a purpose or a clue about what it is to be content. They are trapped in their own misconception about life.
Making life easy is hard, especially when u have lived it hard for so long. There is no formula to make it easy, either, hence why self-help books and new religions continue to expand. But perhaps for the human being who is thirsty enough, he will ask sincerely and the well will be revealed to him.
Love this video ! He said to collect and save seeds . SIMPLE to plant vegetables in pots . He said to dig a lake and put fish and you'll have lots to eat year round . He said we can build a house ourselves and that is true . So the kids and I started a foundation of 30x 30 ' of concrete . We completed it in 2 days .... we are on our way ! We felt great . It wasn't so hard after all . It brought family unity ! This man says he builds a hose every year !
As R. W. Emerson wrote:
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded." :)
He does live outside the box. He’s happy. He understands simplicity.
But. He does live in Bangkok. It’s different in America. Now. We can live a simple life in America. But. It’s a choice.
You can choose simplicity.
Or you can choose materialistic.
Like the video.
Right now, I believe that Jon Jandai has the right mentality and attitude toward life. As I watch the world steadily decay, with more and more people reduced to abject poverty, through unemployment, the devaluation of the currencies, and the need for great corporations and governments to ever reduce costs and become more mechanised, I realise the insidious cancer of the Industrial Revolution.
That great movement facilitated the relentless squandering of the earth's resources, in so many unsustainable ways, to profit a few, at the expense of most of the world's population, that our societies now are on the verge of collapse.
I'm not saying that nothing good came out of that great event - our current scientific and technological knowledge and accomplishments would probably not have reached such breathtaking heights had it not been for the systematic and concerted efforts that were made in research to fine-tune all that was applicable to big industry.
But we need to re-evaluate where we see ourselves in the future - indeed, what our future is to be - and perhaps envision a calmer, sustainable, more "down-to-earth" approach, and work towards it.