Monday, September 04, 2006

'Tis a Gift to be Simple, 'Tis a Gift to be Free...

Today I met a girl from Romania. She is 21, and she was adopted 6 years ago and moved here. We talked a lot about America, and she was telling me how different it is here. I've never talked so much about that with someone from another country, and it was fascinating to hear her perspectives. She said that many people in Romania would say they wanted to come to America where they could be free, but she feels that it was actually much freer in Romania. Here in America, we're so bound to our technology. You can't function in the culture without constant use of a vehicle. Many people microwave meals or order takeout rather than have homecooked meals. Generally, people eat so much fast food and other unhealthy food, then get little exercise, as they don't have to walk to go anywhere, or work in the garden to ensure they have food on the table. She said that in Romania, shopping was much easier. If you wanted cheese, you went into the store, and they'd ask if you wanted goat cheese or cow cheese. You would tell them which you wanted, and that was it. Whereas here, you go into the store, and have to choose between twenty different kinds of cheese. She said a lot of people consider that freedom, to have all these options here, but that back in Romania, people have so much more freedom, because they're not bound by technology and vehicles and all the complications we have here, or so caught up in material gain or making money.

I wrote this post at my old blog last year, and I feel even stronger about it now. How much better it would be to live a life poor in funds, but rich in friends, family, fellowship, and simplicity, than to have all the money in the world.

"'Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free,
'Tis a gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
It will be in the valley of love and delight."

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