“A simple life is good with me. I don’t need a whole lot. For me, a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, barefoot on a beach and I’m happy.” – Yanni, Greek musician.
The philosophy of life, is not written in books, or taught in institutes by professionals; there is no need for complicated philosophy because there is only one simple morality by which we need to live. That morality is the difference between human need and human want; that morality is our religion because there is only one God to whom we are answerable and compliant to. The difference between a need and a want is self-explanatory, but, unfortunately it is misunderstood under circumstances. In actuality, a need is something that we have to have, without which we cannot survive. And a want is something that we would like to have, without which we can still survive. A need is a need like appropriate clothing, a roof over our head, enough food and water to maintain our health and basic health-care amenities. A want is not only a want but something that we want to need but it can be eliminated if not affordable. A need is never overlooked in any aspects because its survival but a want can be overlooked in economic, social and financial aspects because that’s not survival, that’s called living.
Initially, we are earmarked to make not too many life choices that will inevitably affect our social behavior and reputation. We get to prioritize things by ourselves that we have to put with all the way through, we learn to outgrow negative feelings, overcome fear and make smart choices to help ourselves and then those around us. Basically, we’re given an imaginable and immaterial list of peculiarities that make us unique and human. We are not going to make such life choices when we want to answer them; it will occur to us in the most unconventional and surprising times and then, our decision will be more of an attitude notion than a contest. Our answer would be well-answerable if we have achieved to possess the simplicity of human need and human want; we will be better at making any life-choice if we know what we need in life and what we wish to want from life. This will only happen when we are well-educated about known accomplishments and misgivings of human life which is possible by positive interaction with people, taking up real-life challenges, exploring, etc.; we will be better acquainted with that we want and need if we read about natural existence, religion, humanity, creation, evolution, philosophy and heterogeneity. These genres would make us more knowledgeable to differentiate between human want and need, which also means stability in economic life. There is a fine line between a good life and a bad one; that line is formed by us and our choices of what we need and want, individually. We may exist to survive but life is meant to be fair-minded for needs and wants. We are not here to merely survive, we are meant to live by our answers, as limitless as they can be, and by our challenges.
So, if you want to go on a vacation or cut back on your expenses to fulfill better needs in life than wants, do it! Life is short as some say but only our decisions can make them immortal. Only you are responsible for the decisions you make, that is the sole purpose of our creation; we are sent here to live a life, with divinity and courage, so that we create a world, not only for the people we live with but for the mind we have chosen to be.