Over the past few weeks I’ve discovered a series on Netflix called Departures. It’s a travel show about two young Canadian mates that took a year off to travel the world. They both got the bug to travel the world and experience the different cultures and ways of life that exist in various corners of the globe. It’s a really enjoyable series and it’s certainly giving me the urge to strap on my backpack and head off. I’m not in a position to do that but I can dream. Dreaming is free and it’s great to have something to look forward to.
One of the big things that I’ve got from watching the series is that it seems that some of the poorest people are the happiest. The boys have visited Cambodia, Africa, Jordan, India, The Amazon and even Mongolia and the people living very simple lives, surviving off the land with no modern amenities all have huge smiles on their faces and are happy to share their food and drink with the guys.
The burning man culture of giving up commodities and material possessions feels like a reaction of people in the modern world to that chase for the dollar. So maybe the modern struggle for wealth is a learned condition but making the most of what you have and appreciating the people around you is a healthier way to live. I once heard of a guy whose criteria for dating a guy was that they had to have a better car than him and he owned a BMW. I think we can learn from the Mongolian Reindeer herding tribes. Make some moonshine, have a warm tent and delicious food and smile a lot.