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Feeling Bullied by Consumo? Ask Slim.

Posted on: September 14, 2014

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Feeling Bullied by Consumo? Ask Slim.

Slim made his first appearance in the skit Consumo Must Go! There Slim was the common sense character, the antidote to the anti-superhero Consumo, the Overlord of Overconsumption.

A recent question from college classmate John Herrmann prompts me to start the hopefully interactive blog “Ask Slim.” I’ll give my reply to questions that are broadly about simpler living and invite you to add your responses.

John wrote:

Gerald, Does Simple Living have any accumulated wisdom on necessity of Cable/Satellite TV and Internet/Smart Phone — where to stop etc.? Seems like it takes a chunk of change, and increasingly so, to keep all this stuff. A lot of it seems to be habit that one has gotten used to and now “can’t live without.” But surely there is an alternative . . . John

Slim says:

Several simple living propositions apply here.

  1. Needs trump wants. If you really need Cable/Satellite TV, Internet and/or a Smart Phone, get one. If you just want them, don’t get them. Simple living is not about deprivation. It is about conscious living, being aware of our real needs and their consequences for us and the Earth.
  2. If you decide to get it, consult Clark Howard. He has a daily radio show, also available as a podcast. Clark’s motto is “save more, spend less and avoid rip-offs.” He’s goal is thrift, not the large view of voluntary simplicity. ClarkHoward.com has many cost guides – travel, for example – which his staff keeps updated. In this case, I’d consult his site about recent cell phone plans.
  1. Life Standard #5 of Living More with Less is “Non-conform Freely.” This pertains to many things, such as fashion fads. I use it primarily to avoid the lure of advertising on commercial media, especially TV (and the internet, which has become so targeted).

Now it’s your turn. Post comments, ideas, questions and confessions on this blog or email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com. Yes, my blogs are moderated by me.

Yes, Slim is an acronym for “Simple Living Is More.”

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