Self Sufficiency in Suburbia
Tom had his epiphany at the age of 40 to leave the rat race and pursue a life of self-sufficiency and simplicity. Unfortunately, with the current pace of life, most of us who aren’t Type A, knuckle-dragging, gung-ho corporate drones, have this same realization at a much earlier age.
It hit me just before I turned 25 and made me search for answers. I haven’t found them yet but I did discover this fantastic depiction of a wonderful couple collectively deciding to give up the routine and pursue the path less travelled. Purpose can be created by our actions.
We need more shows like ‘The Good Life’ to show us how deep and meaningful life can really be if we have the courage to pursue our own convictions and reject the charade of society shoved down our throat. With the right life partner and a little courage, the pretensions and affectations can be exchanged for meaning and fulfillment.
“Family meeting! Family meeting!”
— Dick Solomon
“Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years.
If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it…
… A nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark-staring, raving schizophrenic.”
— Sir Humphrey Appleby
“Education in this country is a disaster. We’re supposed to be preparing children for a working life. Three quarters of the time they’re bored stiff!”
”Well I should have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working life.”
— Jim Hacker & Sir Humphrey