The last time i heard them talking, it was on the subject of money. So whats unusual about that? Lot of people talk about money. In fact, there are television channels dedicated to the subject of money, and how to make it. The unusual part is that they were talking about folks living without money.
Now that, you would say, is rather unusual, isnt it? Fact is, money is a central reality of our lives. But today, there are people who are challenging the basic structure of our world. They are making the basic distinction between wants and needs, which we have all been taught about, but probably dont have the discernment to identify.
These guys were talking about the guy who lives without cash. This is Mark Boyle, and you can read more about him here. Before you think this sounds a little crazy, please read the article. And Mark Boyle is not alone. Please read about Daniel Suelo here, and about Raphael Fellmer here. These are folks who are asking some real, fundamental questions about the nature of our world. According to them, the world has evolved into a place where one wants a lot of things which arent really essential to human nature. Theres a saying in Hindi about the three basic human needs of “roti, kapda, aur makaan”, or “bread, clothing, and shelter” which everyone needs. Beyond this is the lack of discernment to decide which are the things one needs, and which the things one wants.
This is not to comment on the right or wrong of this way of living, but to at least stop, ponder, and ask a few basic, fundamental questions about where we are, where we are headed, and what is the purpose of all this. These are important questions, but not everyone asking these.
And then these guys went on to talk about a story, which is one of my all-time favourites. This is a story named “How Much Land Does A Man Need“, by Leo Tolstoy. Its a story intensely powerful and thought-provoking. This is a story I could read multiple times, and as you can see, a story which is, in Tolstoy’s classic style, about fundamental human nature, and the story isnt about a prince or a king, but this could be the story of anyone, for this is meant to be of anyone.
Please do read, and if so inclined, do try to think for yourself, and answer the question Count Tolstoy asks.