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Postby Gloominary » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:43 pm

The only thing that really matters, is that you, and anyone you're responsible for, are alive, not in any immediate danger, and are in fair physical and mental health.

You don't have to be a millionaire to achieve this.
You don't have to have a nice car, or even a car.
You don't have to have a nice home, or even a home.
You don't have to eat fine food, or wear fine clothes.

You don't need to travel the world.
You don't need academic philosophy or psychology.
You don't need much, if any entertainment.
You don't need politics or religion.

You don't need to be in a relationship, or have many, if any friendships.

All you really need is to know what's essential (ie food, clothing, shelter, etcetera), how to obtain it, and how to, unlearn, to be discontent with what's essential.
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Re: What's essential

Postby Mr Reasonable » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:36 am

Setting the bar kind of low there aren't ya?
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Re: What's essential

Postby Gloominary » Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:26 pm

I think it's good to set the bar low, and not have much more than you need.
I don't see a point in burning the candle at both ends, or risking what's essential for what's inessential.
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Re: What's essential

Postby Gloominary » Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:08 pm

I don't care much about material things.
It's fine if I don't have a house.
I don't mind living in an apartment.
Houses are high maintenance.
They cost a lot of money to purchase, and even after purchasing them, paying taxes on them can be as expensive as renting an apartment.
You'll spend decades paying double, triple or quadruple what you would renting a flat, trying to pay a mortgage, and in the end you could lose it.
You have more space to clean, and if you're like me, much of it will be empty, and so superfluous, because I'm a minimalist, I don't need, or want a lot of stuff.
You also have to repair them, cut the grass and so on.
Ultimately, the only benefit is a little more privacy.
And the more space we take up, and resources we extract, the less there is for nature.
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Re: What's essential

Postby Prismatic567 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:17 am

Humans has evolved to progress within a hierarchy of needs.
Note Maslow's hierarchy of needs,


Thus what is pertinent is one need to flow and progress with the above hierarchy of needs without going into extremes and heavy stress that could enable evil.

Taking care of the basic needs is critically important but one must progress optimally within one's mean and abilities.

One of the most essential quality is for one to cultivate a state of equanimity where one will not be heavily stressed if thrown into the worst conditions.

The other critical thing we cannot compromise is the need for philosophy-proper [not academic] to facilitate the path of progress.

Note if humanity [in general] has not flowed and bothered with progress especially in Science and medicine, the human species could have been wiped out by various epidemics, e.g. flu, ebola, plague, smallpox, various fatal diseases and at present we are battling various aggressive pathogens.

Humanity has to continue to progress in various relevant fields to ensure the preservation of the species. Humanity has done quite well to the extent and possibility of dealing with a rogue meteorite that could appear out of no where and threatens that destruction of Earth.
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