National Simplicity Day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of an American essayist, poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau. A transcendentalist, best known for his book ‘Walden’ was born on 12 July 1817.
The world is a complicated turmoil, running on numbers, convoluted people, perplexing places, knotty emotions, figures, statistics, entangled relationships, intricate ambitions and lots, and lots of varied data. Simplicity Day is an occasion to do away with complexities, to turn off devices, and to live a simple life for at least a day.
Simpler things are often considered either boring or obsolete because they are just “simple”. Complexity is the new demand. Digitization and complicated algorithms are the new “cool.”
In practicality, simplicity is ‘the’ way to sustainability. We do not always need what we desire. A thin line separates “needs” and “wants” or “desires.” Necessity is no longer the ‘mother’ of invention, blooming market, and the ability to sell is. Innovators, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers not only manufacture or produce goods and services but also manufacture their needs. This is how consumerism works. For instance, why would you need an electric toothbrush when you already have a set of fine teeth using a normal one?
Henry David Thoreau stayed in a cabin, outside of society in the woods for two years, where he wrote his reflection of that time in ‘Walden.’ Inspired by the wild tales of Henry David Thoreau and Jack London, Christopher McCandless, a suburban college graduate hitchhiked deep into the Alaskan wilderness. ‘Into the Wild,’ the 1996 book by Jon Krakauer told his true story. This was later turned into a film in 2007, by the same name. Emile Hirsh as ‘Alexander Supertramp’ is a must-watch.
“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” – Thoreau
Simplicity is better than exaggerated clutter. The world at present needs more healers than big businessmen. We are here on Earth as tenants and we have the responsibility to make sure it remains as good, if not better, as we got it. We always have a choice to choose sustainable goals and ambitions. ‘Minimalism’ is to live with what is necessary and meaningful. It helps you find freedom from the overwhelm of anything and everything. Peace lies in meaning and purpose which can be attained by simplifying our lifestyles. Let these just not be an arbitrary fad and unrealistic mania. These ideas and philosophy of ‘Less is More’ help find true peace and make up for more conscious life decisions. Use simplicity as a tool to find fulfillment, happiness, and freedom.