What can we learn from studying thousands of years of humanity’s response to natural disasters?
- If any of this is true then it seems silly to not think about it or be actively concerned with it
- Personally, this feels difficult to think about because:
- I don't know how to start
- Day to day (or month to month) life seems a bit precarious. I'd like more security before doing something that feels unknown.
I have decided, for me, that I would rather be poor and fulfilled than rich and unfulfilled.
I would prefer to suffer financial stress and have a balanced healthy lifestyle, than have an unfulfilling and stressful life that is financially secure.
Focussing on avoiding financial stress to the detriment of all else feels weak, cowardly, and stupid.
A balanced healthy lifestyle
- Time outdoors in natural environments.
- A community of friends and slow relationships.
- Agency to choose how I spend some of my time.
- Activities driven by curiosity, reflection, intellectual pursuits, what is valuable.
- A reasonable degree of modest financial security.
An unhealthy lifestyle
- Transactional relationships.
- Making decisions based on fear of the unknown, what-ifs, maybes, and poorly defined "bad things".
- Lack of exercise.
- Time in built-up urban environments.
- Doing things because that is how they're done. Fitting in. Going with the flow, etc.
How to get started doing something I don't know how to do
- Just start producing something - anything.
- this blog post
- unordered notes posted on the fridge
- Look for people to talk to
- Make it easy for people to talk to you
- Enjoy the process