Living a Modest Life

I would like to spend sometime to explain why I plan on living a modest life and what a modest life specifically entails.

There are a couple of reasons why I believe in living modestly. The first and most obvious reason is because it is better for the environment. Our pursuit of owning more material things is the root cause of many environmental problems and until cradle to cradle is fully implemented, consumption will continue to have a negative impact on our environment. 

The second reason is considerably more complicated because it deals with my spirit. I do not want my material possessions to distract me from connecting my spirit with those who are impoverished. It is somewhat difficult to explain this reason clearly, but it suffices to say that if I were to live a lavish lifestyle, my mind would be occupied with less important things and that would, I believe, lead me away from being in spirit with those who suffer.

Now, I would like to give some idea to what living a modest life specifically entails. Here are the criteria:

no house
no car (unless C2C)
no more than 50,000 dollars equivalent of yearly income
no more clothes than what can fit into a suitcase

These criteria are subject to change when necessity calls for it, e.g. if I have a family, and if I decide to change my criteria, I will make my reasons clear at that time. However, if there is a time when I exceed my set limits when necessity does not call for it, I would like my close friends to assist me in correcting my misdoings.