The Curse of Affluence


Affluence2Here in the west we have this habit of extending our lifestyles to exceed our incomes. Advertising makes you desire more stuff and then you go an buy it, convinced that you are not very well off, that you deserve more luxury. We always seem to believe that our neighbours and friends are somehow further ahead than us.

Good news is you are well off, and you’re going to be fine without that new toaster. Live simpler and give more, then you'll be doing more than getting by, you’ll be living!

Affluence frame

Holding Back

Holding back

Everything we do effects others, we're all connected. Sometimes our aspirations and dreams harm the people who we’re connected to. I think best we stand with people, moving together at an equal pace.

The Smell Factor

As I make personal choices about how to live my live by my values I am wary of the slippery slope I’m on. Whilst I aim to live my life in such a way as to empower the marginalised, promote equality and diversity, love others, protect and sustain the world and it’s peoples; the more hard core I get, the more I smell.

No offence to people like Ghandi, Jesus and Mother Theresa; their contribution to the world was monumental, but we all know that the very acts of changing the world for the better are often opposed to personal grooming.

Here’s an example of some thing that are good, but make you smell: Riding your bike instead of your car, avoiding aluminium deodorants, mulching manure, etc. I put together this sliding scale of ‘normal’ to ‘smelling’ people, I’m still pretty close to the ‘normal’ end, but am heading further down:

note: spelling in this may be ‘near-enough-is-good-enough’, also, the order of events may differ from individual experience.

How did I keep showering up that tree?

Anyway, I’d rather smell and live in the world I hope for. You know, that is if I can’t have both. I’ll just take more eco-friendly showers. How far are you down the list?


A drawing I did a while back. I can’t remember why, but I’m sure it’s as relevant now as ever.