The biggest threat to your freedom in this world is consumerism. Consumerism is when you are constantly spending your money on material possessions thinking that they will add value in your life. The reality is that when you pursue this path, you are often met with high stress, long hours at work, and lack of freedom.There is one way, however, to fight the rising prices and over-consumption and it is through “frugality.”
Frugality often gets confused with being cheap. People often think that when you are frugal, you are depriving yourself of things in life; however, people are wrong when they say this.
1. Being cheap is not spending your money and depriving yourself of things in life.
2. Frugality is managing your money carefully and not wasting anything.
Being frugal should be the norm in society because when you are frugal you end up saving more money and then you have more options in life. I have been frugal my entire life and this lifestyle has allowed me to do many things in my life. In this video I share 10 reasons why I am frugal.
“10 Reasons Why I Am Frugal”
Reason 1: I Don’t Want to be Controlled By The Man
When you do not have much savings or are in debt you lose your options. You do not have as much control over your life’s decisions and have to take orders from other people. Money = Options. I am frugal because I do not want my options to be controlled by other people.
Reason 2: I Don’t Really Like Working
I do not want to spend the majority of my life staring at a computer screen and working 40 hours a week. I want to take breaks in my life and not have to work consistently until I am 65. I am frugal because I want to spend less time working and more time enjoying life.
Reason 3: I Don’t Want to Spend My Life Figuring Out How to Pay Off Debt
Debt creates a lot of stress in people’s lives and make them have to work hard to figure out how to pay off the debt. I would prefer to just be frugal and not get in debt in the first place, so I can spend my time doing things that are more important to me.
Reason 4: I Value Freedom Over Possessions
Once the bills are paid you can save the leftover money or spend it. When you are spending it you are getting a dose of dopamine, but when you are saving it, you are buying back a small piece of your freedom. I am frugal because I would prefer to save money and have more freedom in my life.
Reason 5: I Don’t Want to Lose Appreciation
I have noticed that as I make more money in life that I can buy whatever I want, but I am losing appreciation when I get something. I try to limit myself on things like eating out or treating myself because I want them to remain treats. I am frugal because I don’t want to lose appreciation over things.
Reason 6: I’m Not That Smart
I do not have an idea that will make me a million dollars and become financially independent. That said, being smart is not necessary because you can save a lot of money by being frugal.
Reason 7: I Don’t Want My Life to Revolve Around Money
When you do not have money, you have to make decisions based on if you have the money. I make decisions every single day to save money by being frugal, but when the time comes to get something I want I don’t hesitate because I know I have the money.
Reason 8: I Don’t Want to be Rich
Being rich is when you decide to start looking externally for happiness and use the possessions to create a status for you. This can lead to a toxic ego. I am frugal because I do not want money to change the way I view myself and others.
Reason 9: I Like Simplicity
I prefer to live a simple life with less stuff and less financial clutter. Frugality is a lifestyle that allows me to live a simple live without a bunch of worries.
Reason 10: I Care About My Future Self
Most people do not realize how much of an effect money has over their lives. Every decision, good or bad, will affect your future self in some way. When you make poor financial choices the only person you are hurting is yourself. I am frugal because I want to look out after my future self and not make decisions that will make life harder in the future.
For a hundred years now, we have been fascinated by DYSTOPIAS: nightmare-visions of environmental disasters, squalor, societal decline, or tyrannical governments maintaining complete control over a society—whether through brute force, propaganda, censorship or denial of free thought, brainwashing, or all of the above, leading to the complete loss of individuality.
But in this ever-expanding genre, there is one dystopian film that stands out as horrifyingly unique, breaking the mold, and creating a dystopian world unlike any other—except maybe, potentially, our own. Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film adaptation A Clockwork Orange follows the deviant peregrinations of a young criminal named Alex Delarge, as he navigates a dystopian of version of London, England. This video explores the nature of crime, government, and culture. Why does authoritarianism fail to create safety and prevent crime? Can democracies be totalitarian? What makes policing ineffective? How do liberals respond in a world where liberalism is falling out of favor? How does culture, art, and architecture reflect the character of a society? Are their similarities between A Clockwork Orange and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World? If so, what do these classic novels have to say about our own societies?
One of the last Interviews Frank gave before his death. This has been edited to my best ability for colors and such, an attempt to recover nearly 18 years ago from VHS tape.
I discovered Frank’s the career, music, film and other forms of entertainment via a friend in high school about 1971-72. I began collecting the albums, hiding the words from censorship from my mother, and in 1973 or so, went to the theater to see 200 Motels. Wow.
My first concert was 11-15-1974 in Buffalo NY to see Frank, my last was 03-21-1988 in Syracuse NY. 22 times in total for me. I can not watch this, or listen to Watermelon in Easter Hay without forming tears. You are missed Frank. “The silence of his voice is deafening!”
Wir sind zurück im Ocelot und treffen den Philosophen und Schriftsteller Wolfram Eilenberger. Wolfram ist Gründungschefredakteur des Philosophie Magazins, hat eine Trainerlizenz des Deutschen Fussballbundes (DFB) und erlangte mit seinem Buch “Zeit der Zauberer – Das grosse Jahrzehnt der Philosophie 1919-29” den internationalen Durchbruch. Sein aktuelles Buch heisst “Feuer der Freiheit – Die Rettung der Philosophie in finsteren Zeiten 1933-43”.
Mit Wolfram geht’s zunächst um seinen Beruf: Seit wann ist er Schriftsteller? Wie wird man das überhaupt? Wie sieht er den Buchmarkt? Wann ist ein Buch erfolgreich? Weshalb hat er Philosophie studiert? Wer waren seine ersten Idole? Was hat es mit Nietzsche, Hegel und Marx auf sich? Wo bleiben die philosophischen Denkanstösse im 21. Jahrhundert?
Wir sprechen über den Status Quo und die Herausforderungen durch den Klimawandel: Ist es Zeit für einen “System Change”? Ist der Kapitalismus noch reformierbar? Wie schaut Wolfram auf die herrschende massive ökonomische Ungleichheit? Wieso ist die Erbschaftssteuer sinnvoll für Umverteilung? Können wir als Gesellschaft unsere Gewohnheiten sowie Verhaltensweisen ändern und so für mehr Klimaschutz sorgen? Was hält er vom Wettlauf gegen die Zeit? Steht uns ein Systemzusammenbruch bevor? Was ist Wolframs Vision vom Ausstieg aus dem fossilen Zeitalter?
Ausserdem geht’s um die Situation der Parteien vor der Bundestagswahl 2021, Liberalismus vs Neoliberalismus, Prediger auf Anti-Corona-Demos und Lesereisen nach China.
Das und vieles, vieles mehr in Folge 476 – wir haben sie am 14. September in der Berliner Buchhandlung Ocelot aufgezeichnet.
Im Gespräch mit Julia Szarvasy spricht Daniele Ganser über seine ersten Analysen zum aktuellen Weltgeschehen. Vor allem irrationale Ängste nehmen seiner Beobachtung zu. Ob Angst vor einer Erkrankung durch Sar-CoV2 oder Angst vor einer drohenden Gesundheitsdiktatur – den Weg heraus aus der Angst, findet man in der historischen Betrachtung der Gegenwart.