And I Simply ask the Question, “Why?”

I have never been one who thinks on the lines of going along with the pack. I love to think about things outside the box and simply ask the question “why”. This in a sense makes me an independent thinker and independent doer. I love to quietly challenge the very same things that most people don’t have a problem going along with. I suppose that you can call me an old rebel soul, but to me there are things in life that just don’t make too much sense.

As the years have passed I have noticed that it is getting worse for us outside thinkers, or those of us who just don’t want to go along the same path that is written out for us. An overtone of political correctness is being used as a tool to stifle our words if we try to speak out. Many of the same people who would have been labeled as great thinkers yesterday find labels of extremist or just plain old strange.

Economists say that consumerism is the key to capitalism and without people to purchase things our economy will surely crumble. I don’t believe this at all. I am still a consumer but only make educated decisions on the quality and quantify of the items I do purchase. Times are changing and people are starting to learn that less really is more as we all have become so overwhelmed with all the noise and stuff in our lives. Each day I see more and more blogs popping up with the theme of minimalism which means that more and more people are asking the same question, “why”.

Each year the number of people seeking to visit our National Parks has grown as many are choosing a quiet week of camping over an expensive and noisy visit to Disneyland. They are finding a little bit of solitude that defines breaking away from the rollercoaster of life they are currently on. They are discovering the differences between what is natural and what is man made and what brings them joy and what brings them frustration. Of course you won’t see to many TV commercials pushing the sale of camping trips or smaller homes and you certainly will never see an infomercial with a man yelling at you with a foreign voice touting all of the benefits of living a simple life. “And if you act now we will throw in a free morning sunrise when you simply pay shipping and handling”. Yes, this will never happen and it is only those of us who think outside the box that learn of these things we have been missing.

Learn to ask that simple question, “Why” and you will begin to discover that it is much easier to say the word “No”. Even though it is much easier to simply go along we have to decide whether going along is in our best interest.

It is all a matter of making a decision to reclaim your own life and break away from the matrix we were born into. Through the powers of nature we are born and through the powers of nature we will leave this earth one day. We have to decide how we want to fill the pages in between. I will not allow another author to write my book and will rebel against the ordinary every single moment of my life for it is short but I want my chapters to long.

Asking the question “Why” may just spark something inside you that you never thought existed. I dare you to ask the question each and every time you are poised with a decision to make. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it right.

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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21 Responses to And I Simply ask the Question, “Why?”

  1. elricsfate says:

    In your second paragraph you claim not to believe a statement, then say nothing to disprove it, and in fact illustrate how you are still included in it.

    Of course the economy is built on the production and sale of goods and services. Whether you buy some of them, or lots of them, has nothing to do with whether they are the basis of the economy or not. As an example…companies that made typewriters aren’t around much anymore are they? Why? Because people stopped buying typewriters. The same thing is happening to newspapers as we speak, because of the internet.

    Choosing to purchase wisely…is wise. But it doesn’t invalidate the fact that your purchase along with millions of others is what makes the economy work. At the end of the day, every job (including yours) provides a needed good or service to some other person or company…or that job goes away.

    I think you and I are opposite sides of the same coin. I go on long hikes down electronic highways. I find beauty in the graphics of a videogame. I go days at a time without leaving my house, and yet I know many times more people than I did when I was outside every day. I do not seek to be “minimalist”. I seek to have what I need, and then add on what I want, when I want. So yeah, I live with clutter and “too many” gadgets. But I have never found that having “too much” detracted from my life. Other than, of course, having too much debt.

    In any event…my point was simply that if you sit down and think it through, the “economists” are right.

    • Competition will align with the wants and needs of society. When we become too dependent upon the machine itself it may be the same machine that one day eats us. Choosing to live a simple life for me doesn’t mean that I stop purchasing. I have a Mac and and iPhone along with other gadgets I use each day. But I don’t purchase all the crap you find at the dollar store. I purchase only those things that serve me. Obviously consumables we use each and every day will never die out and our economy will remain strong as long as manufacturers learn to entice folks that are tired of all of the crap we fill our homes with. It is a journey for each of us and we must all find our own independent ways. I just simply ask the question, “Why?”

  2. I believe that one word will be what sends me to my grave – I’ll be in pursuit of the answer to “why” and end up in a position where the answer kills me. lol. I ask it constantly. I find myself staying in situations that are in no way positive at all because I’m trying to find out why it’s happening; why the other person or people are behaving in such a way…smh. Nice to know I’m not the only person for whom that question is a driving force. šŸ™‚

    • I think that the question of “Why” is more of a question to one’s self. When directed at others we many never really know the answers. Why is he making me unhappy rather than why am I still in this relationship are different as we actually have control over our own decisions to the results of the question. Some people I know really suck, but asking the question as why they suck never yields an answer. Why nature is the way it is can yield an answer based on the the laws of physics but as to the human mind the answers are difficult to discover. Each one of us the power to choose each day whether we want to be happy or sad, polite or crude, envious or content and no one else has any control over these choices we make. But we do have control over self discovery and finding those things that truly bring us joy and staying clear of those things that bring frustration. At times it is certainly not easy, but practiced daily we can learn and discover our true paths in life. Sorry, I am rambling… One too many cups of coffee this morning. LOL

  3. Midlife Man says:

    Nice thoughts, trying to head in that direction also.

  4. James says:

    Question: “Why?”

    Answer: “Because.”

    Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

  5. WeeManMike says:

    I stopped looking for my why about 10 years ago when I realised that there isn’t a why for me, only a because.

    Because it feels right, because it’s what makes me happy. Because I couldn’t care less what others think.

    Everything that had happened in my life up until 10 years ago, made me realise that instead of looking for a why, I should be looking for a because.

    I live my life the way I do now, because I want to.

    Sure that in itself is a why, but I like to call it my because!


  6. facetfully says:

    I like this! Several quote-worthy lines!

  7. New Journey says:

    well said Billy… not only feels good to question our lives but necessary for personal survival in the out of control world we live in….and yes thank you I will take a sunset with that…LOL..kat

  8. kkeevins says:

    LOL! You’re all making me smile. This “conversation” reminds me of many moons ago, when my children were young, I had a bumper sticker on my car that read,
    “I’m the MOMMY — that’s WHY!” It made life just a little simpler…
    Kathy from:

  9. Living In Denim says:

    I have always questioned the popular opinion and have lived a unique life as a result. I am also accused of being part of the problem when it comes to recessions and the like. I don’t buy the argument that the economy will slow because I don’t shop. We don’t need to have stores overflowing with junk to keep the economy going. As non-consumerists we can create a new economy, one built on repair businesses and second hand shops that favor the small business owner rather than the mega super stores and corporate office.

    • I agree with you whole heartedly. We also don’t need 3000 square ft homes. It has been estimated that at least 80% of the stuff people own they never use. The economy will adjust to changes as it always does. Although I live a simple life it doesn’t mean that I don’t spend money. I do spend but spend it on higher quality items that I actually need. I spend money on travel as I have learned how much importance has in my life versus stuff.

  10. Pingback: On Saying No – Living In Denim

  11. Lori Carlson says:

    Reblogged this on As the Fates Would Have It and commented:
    A well thought out post on Commercialism, Minimalism and making the right choices…
    Comments are disabled. Please visit Bill’s blog to leave a comment. Thanks!

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