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Jon is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on simple techniques to live more sustainably. Outside of Pun Pun, Jon is a leader in bringing the natural building movement to Thailand, appearing as a spokesperson on dozens of publications and TV programs for the past 10 years. He continually strives to find easier ways for people to fulfill their basic needs. For more information visit http://www.punpunthailand.org
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Exactly, life is simple but people make it complicated. Earlier you find what you want out of life, it's easier to live. The average and majority people follow social expectations and stereotype about life - earn lots of money, get stressed out, and die unfilling. I love the nature and like to be alone a lot. It gives me joy and peace. When I was earning bread, my mind was focused on how to live economically and generously to both myself and others. I managed to retire earlier than the average people. I now enjoy growing my food and helping the real needy around the world who are chasing after a wind. People need guidance, but they have to wake up to themselves - spiritual awakening and enlightenment. Bad and good experiences are good fertilizers to our soul and spiritual satisfaction. Most of people don't have a purpose or a clue about what it is to be content. They are trapped in their own misconception about life.
Making life easy is hard, especially when u have lived it hard for so long. There is no formula to make it easy, either, hence why self-help books and new religions continue to expand. But perhaps for the human being who is thirsty enough, he will ask sincerely and the well will be revealed to him.
Love this video ! He said to collect and save seeds . SIMPLE to plant vegetables in pots . He said to dig a lake and put fish and you'll have lots to eat year round . He said we can build a house ourselves and that is true . So the kids and I started a foundation of 30x 30 ' of concrete . We completed it in 2 days .... we are on our way ! We felt great . It wasn't so hard after all . It brought family unity ! This man says he builds a hose every year !
As R. W. Emerson wrote:
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded." :)
He does live outside the box. He’s happy. He understands simplicity.
But. He does live in Bangkok. It’s different in America. Now. We can live a simple life in America. But. It’s a choice.
You can choose simplicity.
Or you can choose materialistic.
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Right now, I believe that Jon Jandai has the right mentality and attitude toward life. As I watch the world steadily decay, with more and more people reduced to abject poverty, through unemployment, the devaluation of the currencies, and the need for great corporations and governments to ever reduce costs and become more mechanised, I realise the insidious cancer of the Industrial Revolution.
That great movement facilitated the relentless squandering of the earth's resources, in so many unsustainable ways, to profit a few, at the expense of most of the world's population, that our societies now are on the verge of collapse.
I'm not saying that nothing good came out of that great event - our current scientific and technological knowledge and accomplishments would probably not have reached such breathtaking heights had it not been for the systematic and concerted efforts that were made in research to fine-tune all that was applicable to big industry.
But we need to re-evaluate where we see ourselves in the future - indeed, what our future is to be - and perhaps envision a calmer, sustainable, more "down-to-earth" approach, and work towards it.
The answer is, because of greed! The book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible teaches us that all of man's problems come from his desires. The more a man desires the more the man will have to work the more the man will wear himself out trying to become rich and then the more Misery the man will suffer. Achieving the basics in life is easy yes..... Everything after that just brings temporary things and takes a lot of sweat and misery to obtain them all. The Bible teaches us, better to be happy and content and joyful with a little than trying to suffer to get much. Because when you die you cannot take it with you!
This message was so amazing! I have been super stressed about my life lately and finding a good job that pays well and focusing on missed opportunities and how im just getting older and older and still haven't decided what to do with my life. I have a beautiful wife and family but no job but my wife works and it really eats at me right now. I still need to find a source of income but this makes me realize I've been over thinking a lot of things in my life, life should be simple like this man is saying, I mean do I really need a really good job that pays a lot and I work super hard? For what? Will I then be happy?.....Probably not. I just need to stop over thinking and be happy with LIFE! And live life how its suppose to be lived.....FREE. By the way.....I still got 20yrs to own my house bhahahahahahaha
Well, we're not all born equal with the same skills and talent due to genetics, so it's not so easy for some of us. Sure, we can try to be positive, but that only goes so far. Eventually, we all need support, and for whatever reason, some of us just don't get it. We can't do it by ourselves. All of the family members I could count on have passed away, the only ones left couldn't care less. Same thing for my closest friends, all gone. And the friends who are alive and I have helped in the past have abandoned me, so I guess they weren't true friends. Life is tough when tornadoes hit your home and destroy everything, then contractors you hire screw you over. Then no one wants to help you, just saying "Stop feeling sorry for yourself." Yea, it's easy to say that when you haven't been hit with a tornado yourself and your life turned upside down. Some of us are just screwed. Life is not that easy for some of us.
I noticed this in Indonesia. The people just seemed to sit at the side of the road all day doing very little (maybe farming a bit of rice) but most of the day they just sat around and are and talked with each other. Not a great deal of money but they all seemed happy.
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