For some reason Xmas and boxing day this year re-triggered an old thought, or a recurring one. How awesome it is to see people everywhere having the time just to hangout and do nothing together.
We really need to get over this “Keeping up with the Jones'” mindset we have here (here meaning Australia, but probably other countries as well). Having to have the most pristine lawn out the front of the house, the latest car, the latest big screen TV, Foxtel, Netflix, material this and that. Why do we care so much? Once I’ve a piece of steel with rubber wheels which achieves it’s purpose, then what? The lawn will just grow to it’s height and that natural plant called ‘grass’ will be in it’s natural state. Unless it gets in the way because you need a clear pathway to walk, or it’s a fire hazard or something, it’s actually nicer as long grass. How big does a TV screen need to be? What difference does the latest smart phone really make? Does social media actually make you more social?
Going back to Xmas / boxing day this year. Really if we could make a 4 hour work day and then have at least 4 extra hours to just be with each other sitting around, being bored together. Then I think we wouldn’t feel the need to fill the holes in our life with shiny objects. The media promotes “…be the envy of your friends…” That’s no fun. Why would I want my friends to not like me because they are envious?
Thinking back. Best friends are made when people spend a lot of time being bored together. This is because boredom creates space for people to show who they truly are. The nothing creates the something. If you want to get to know people, create a fire (if possible), make food and drink, maybe add music and sit around that fire doing nothing much. That’s where associations start to happen. Create this scenario anywhere on Earth and people seem to be content.
Interesting that fire has been banned in so many places. There really should be an open fire pit at every park where people can come start a public fire. It doesn’t cost much if anything to do. If the council is paranoid they can put in lights and security cameras, but each suburb needs a fireplace where people can walk to from their house and talk to other people there.
There should be a spot within walking distance for car camping so travelers can pull in for the night. Again, use cameras for security and at popular spots restrict the stay to 2-3 nights, but the cost is so minuscule and the enhancement to the living environment and peoples happiness is huge. There is really no excuse for this not to be in every suburb across Australia.
Again, the re-realisation….. Minimise material things, reduce shininess, organise life to spend 3-4 hours a day with others being bored. Do more communal fire places.