October 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM
"...ow do I acquire wealth of value to me and my family and get free from the suffering caused by corporate greed?"
By Alan Hoffman
The Low Dependency Lifestyle
Alan Hoffman has been building sustainable homes and communities here in Santa Fe for 30 years and believes that the answers to our greatest challenges are already here.
As I look around and feel a little hopeless about changing the "world" for me and my family, I realize that what is stopping me is my addiction to the acquisition of wealth. That is not necessarily bad but if I define wealth as money, I am trapped in their paradigm and can't change anything. So how do I acquire wealth of value to me and my family and get free from the suffering caused by corporate greed?
By redefining "Wealth." For years, I have written about the difference between Standard of Living and Quality of Life. But like all addicts, I made excuses about why it is still okay to play their game and make more money. Don't get me wrong, we all need money. But I now think true wealth is not being so dependent on the macro corporations that are abusing workers, killing the planet and making me their slave. It is now clear to me that to attain a high Quality of Life with a lower Standard of Living provides the true acquisition of Wealth. Real wealth is creative pursuits, time with friends and family, clean air and water and freedom from pressure and intimidation from banks, credit card companies and TV advertising.
To this end I got rid of my TV and credit cards and I will begin this spring to create some real wealth for me and my family. When the snow melts ,I will begin work on a sustainable home that may just produce home energy, transportation energy and healthy food that can be traded and bottled to reduce our dependence on the grocery store. Located on a bike trail leading to the Plaza, this home is an experiment that I hope will act as a model to expand my business of creating Zero Energy Homes to a total Low Dependency Lifestyle.