There’s a lesson to be learned in the idea that more is better. First, this is an idea that has proven itself time and time again false, and yet as a society, as individuals, and as a race we continually strive for more.
More is larger, more is better; we need more and we desire more! In fact, our society has based the concept of progress on the idea of more. Oddly enough, it seems that intuitively we know that this is not correct; it is not right. But we continue on.
Our current president has made a name for himself by believing, or at least selling the belief, that more is better. The idea clearly does not work. More seems to undermine better; quantity does not equal quality. Rhetoric does not equal intelligence.
To move forward the concept of value needs to be redefined: both what we value and why we value it. A self-sufficient lifestyle will do wonders in redefining what is important. In fact, the whole concept of self-sufficiency is better because it allows us to redefine value based upon need alone.
No longer is money the measure of value; no longer can we confuse desire with need. No longer can we continually accept that more is better. To be self-sufficient is not simply to feed, heat and shelter yourself. No, to be self-sufficient one must THINK for one’s self. More thinking does not equal better thinking. More production does not equal better products.
We can no longer define what we value with quantity. So, what do we do? One good starting point might be to start with less: buy less, think better about those few things that are actually important, and produce quality rather than depend upon quantity. Perhaps we will find that more is worthy only of less thought, and less importance.