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Exploring the feelings behind the worldview theme--another project WORLDVIEW theme song...
for theme #23B: Enoughness
Life Simply” by Stephen P. Cook
to be sung to the tune of “Killing Me Softly” by Gimbell and Fox / Roberta Flack
I wanted to live the good life
With love shoot for the moon
But building her dream house
Ended with pain and gloom
I didn’t want luxury
I wanted most her love
Steering my life1 back to basics
Living life simply2 in my home
Telling the world that I care
I’d say living the good life
Is grounding ourselves in love
But with seven billion people4
There’s lots of push and shove
I don’t want us sufferin’
Nor trashing our small planet
Steering my life back to basics
Living life simply in my home
Telling the world that I care
Let’s teach all our children
‘Bout pain too great to bare
If we don’t respect limits
And make do with a fair share5
No one’s greedy excess
Should cause others great distress6
Easing the pain with our lifestyles
Living life simply in our homes
Maximizing well being7
Telling the world that we share
/ COMMENTS (this
song is part of the author’s personal story)
is a semi-autobiographical song written during the late summer of 2013.
simplicity is a simple, typically environmentally sound and ecologically
grounded, non-consumerist lifestyle that
people voluntarily choose,
typically for ethical, environmental or spiritual reasons.
through paring needs to essentials, relying on one’s labor to meet
certain needs, reusing consumer products, recycling
materials, trading inefficient technologies for more
efficient ones, sharing, etc.
billion: the human population in the spring of 2012—it grows by
roughly 80 million per year.
share will make some think of Ecosharing.
This represents an environmental ethic for people to live by:
their own impact
on Earth’s biosphere should be
limited to no more than their fair ecoshare.
An ecoshare is determined by assessment of human
impact on the biosphere, computer
models of its future condition, and necessary limits imposed by
2014 Oxfam report said the world’s 85 richest people owned as much
wealth as its 3.5 billion poorest!
phrase will make some think of “small
is beautiful” philosophy of “enoughness” popularized by E.F.
Schumacher in the
early 1970s. Appreciating both
human needs and limitations, and appropriate use of technology,
focusing on increasing GNP and
economic growth. He argued,
“The aim ought to be to obtain the maximum amount of well
being with the minimum amount of
Comment: An “enoughness lifestyle” can
be seen as a mechanism to cope with the numerous stresses associated
with a modern affluent consumption based lifestyle. Example: a life
based on having “less stuff” would help cope with stress created by
needing more money / working longer hours / being in debt, —all to
have and store more stuff …That’s one area of stress. Others
include: maintaining stuff and storing it, getting technology
(associated with stuff) to work, guilt caused by all the time invested
in getting / having stuff, etc.
back to theme #23B
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