Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard?

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‘Before I thought that stupid people like me … cannot have a house… because people who are cleverer than me and get a job, they need to work for 30 years to have a house. But for me, who cannot finish university, how can I have a house? It's hopeless for people who have low education like me. But when I start to do earthen buildings, it's so easy! I spent two hours per day… and in 3 months I have a house. A friend who was the most clever in the class, he has a house too, but he has to be in debt for 30 years. So compared to him I have 29 years and 10 months of free time. I feel life is so easy.’

Jon has a way of using simple language to say some real profound stuff. His story inspires me, and brings up a question: how can we live a self-sustaining life, free to shape it in our own best way, when every single square centimeter has been claimed as ‘property of’?

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Photo: Bart van Baardwijk

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