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I need a place to sleep, clean water to drink, and nutritious food to eat. I need relationships with my fellow man. Anything beyond this is luxury. If humans managed to do without a modern luxury for thousands of years, I can also. There is no logic in driving a car to work, then working for eight hours to pay for the car. There is no logic in owning a home with three bedrooms when only one of them sees use more than three times a year. There is no logic in every household in a neighborhood owning their own costly gasoline powered mower when it only gets use fifteen minutes a week. There is no logic in using central heating to heat the bathroom, TV room, and vacant bedrooms to achieve a five degree increase in the only occupied room. Inefficiency is wasteful, and waste is irresponsible. I do not see the purpose in spending nine hundred dollars on a metal box that rinses and adds soap to clothing while spinning them in a circle.

I live to become more competant and self-reliant. I live to enjoy my body and the many wonders of the planet I am on. Specialization is a mind killer. If my toilet begins to leak, I can either work six hours to pay a plumber to fix it, or I can spend one hour reading a manual and learn to do it myself. I was born with the capacity to learn. Trading money for someone's skills represents a failure, either in personal ability or willingness to learn. I seek to be a capable man. I will never be an expert in all fields, but I can become proficient in many. An individual human of times past was able to seek out and capture his meat, forage for his vegetables, determine what is edible, build a fire and then cook his meal. He made his own shelter, he made his own clothes. Today, it is possible to outsource everything. Society resembles something akin to an ant colony, where every worker knows only his task. I do not admit inadaquacy by leaving issues to "the experts." If I do not understand something, I educate myself until I do. Books are tools. It is hypocritical and lazy to complain about the cost of gas and admonish "them" for not creating a cheaper alternative to gasoline while filling up a four thousand pound hunk of steel which will only carry one person the twenty miles to work and back.

I do not allow another man to think for me. I was given a mind that is capable of critical thinking. I am intrinisically motivated. I am not a Renaissance man nor a polymath, but I aspire to it.

I am not particularly intelligent, but I can read to expand my knowledge on the world and the things around me. I am not particularly strong, but I can make my body more efficient by eating well, working my muscles and taking on new challenges. I am not particularly wealthy, but I can be efficient with my spending, eliminating wasteful spending on luxuries and excess.

I am not defined by my employment. I am not an architect; I work in architecture. It confuses me that people answer "What do you do?" with "I AM an architect." When being introduced, it bothers me that the thing I happen to do for work defines my person. I am not simply a human resource, I am man, and I am complex. I may do many jobs in one day, but none of them define me. I am a scholar, a student, a sailor, a creator, a philosopher, and a capitalist. I am not my career. Because I am not fully self-reliant, I trade some of my time at my job for the things I do not provide for myself. I may enjoy my job, but it is not who I am. No man can be fully quantified by a title.

I am not a consumer. I am a citizen.
manifesto  consumer  citizen  kiv  regularly 
february 2012 by bekishore

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