“Better living” is a catch phrase often used to talk about the rampant consumerism everywhere today. The western world has a standard of living so much better than the developing world, one has to wonder what sort of “better” there is? And why do we seek to do “better”?
Better living in U.S. culture seems to mean bigger houses, fancy cars, restaurant meals and elaborate entertaining.
What is better living, though? To me it is reclamation of time. Of getting off the treadmill of busyness and having time to live. It means making conscious decisions so that I am not trapped working long hours to pay for things bought in an instant. It means creating things with my hands and passing on skills to my daughter. It means being able to find the joy in little things.
What does better living mean to you?
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