I confess to having a very difficult time with this travel theme. Everywhere I look I see simplicity. Or, simply poverty. When I lived in Canada, a number of years ago there was a movement to simplify your life. Get back to basics, no car, no TV … no luxuries. I’ve done that living in Dominican Republic, however my housing is not that of poverty. Is there a difference between simplicity and poverty? Do people equate simplicity with rural life at the turn of the century? What do I equate with simplicity? Certainly not my laptop or my DSLR camera. Perhaps, simplicity is NEED versus WANT. What do we need? A roof over our heads, food in our stomachs, clothing on our backs, love … above basic needs, everything else is gravy on the mashed potatoes. The difference between simplicity and poverty … a reader mentioned that poverty has a whole other set of complexities and not by choice. So very true, I was remiss in not mentioning that before this edit.
I will spend the next while pondering simplicity. What do I NEED? I know what I want, now to see about reducing that a little more…
Thanx for provoking thought Ailsa!
This chicken coop made with poles and chicken wire, tee-pee style boasts of simplicity. Protecting its little flock in a very inexpensive manner. Perfect for a poor farmer.
The simplicity of believing. Belief without explanation, without seeking explanation, without the need for explanation.
At one, in the Caribbean Sea. Simplicity at its tranquil best. Just “being!”
A walk on the beach. Nothing complicated, free of charge, a still peacefulness, at one with nature.
A senior washing her clothing in a pan in a Batey … poverty induced simplicity.
Energy efficient clothes dryer …
Free range piglets. The mother, a very large sow, was wandering around in the background. Simplicity … no pen!
for offering up the challenge of this assignment.
Listen to the palms…
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