I’ve been busy helping my parents move into their new home these last few days so I’ve been away, but this discussion was on my mind because it’s a great one! Glad to see it has also resonated with others.
A lot of great comments from both sides, as well as a few in the “middle”, love it!
While I’m too tired at the moment to write up anything overly long, I would like to make one comment.
It seems the belief that the “Nomad Team” needs the “Social Conformists Team” idea has been floated more than once.
“Well without social conformists to build the roads and infrastructure, you wouldn’t be able to live your nomadic life”!
I’d like to reference the entirety of human history to prove this statement 100% wrong. In fact, without the “original” nomads, your social conformity would have been impossible.
The State of California was founded by those brave enough to get into a wagon and travel through the wilderness during the gold rush, as well as pretty much anything else west of the original 13 colonies. 20,000 years ago Nomads crossed the Bering Straight to form what later became the “Native American” culture. Those same Native Americans maintained a nomadic society as well, and so on and on.
I could continue providing nomadic examples throughout history but it doesn’t seem necessary, what with history books and all.
In addition to that, “Well what about all the scientific advancements that society provides”!
Those scientific advancements are based on need, and need came from those travelers. The latest and greatest technology comes from the needs of those in the field, and is tested by the very same. Telescoping ladders, chips in IDs/Credit/Debit cards, anything with the word “Tactical” in it… I saw all of those inventions YEARS before the civilians ever did because I was part of the group that tested and improved those things.
Not the nerd in the lab, me, in the field with the sand. The concept of an idea is often far from the practical implementation of it, often resulting in a very different end product than originally conceived. The original product, made by the nerd in the lab or the person sitting in an office, is a fantasy that only becomes real because of my contribution in the field.
So really, it seems like the “nerd in the lab” needs “me in the field doing work” more than the other way around. Because if I didn’t have a tool, I’d just make do with something else. But when their idea doesn’t gain traction or perform as expected, they don’t have a product.
By “in the field” I mean out in a practical application situation, not the field as in the “industry” itself, just to be clear.
And because I know some smart ass is going to make the comment, “Well have you ever had to be a nomad traveling the wilds without all the benefits of society? Because no one lives like that anymore, that’s not a realistic standard in today’s society”.
Yes actually I have, I spent three years living in a war zone, far out in the middle of the desert away from society, living exactly that life out of an LAV in Helmand Province.
The belief that society needs society is a lie perpetuated by those that use society as a tool to control the masses. Of course the system that keeps you locked in the cage tells you that you need the cage.
While without the “social conformity” side my travels wouldn’t be as “easy”, that far from means they wouldn’t be possible. I’m not a fan of “easy” anyway, “easy” is what I see the “American Dream” lifestyle as. Something you can get comfortable in, shut your mind off, and work 30-40 years while living the exact same life every single day. How many hours of your day does that type of lifestyle force you to waste? Too many, in my opinion.
Easy is the enemy, I’ll take difficult every day of the week, if it means I am living conscientiously instead of autonomously.
Hey look at that, I did manage a long comment.
Hope everyone is well.
Sorry, was thinking more on this and how the conversation has kinda moved away from DB’s original thought, “Enlightenment or Cop Out”.
So to help bring it back around…
Between the “social conformity” lifestyle and the “nomadic lifestyle”…
One of these lifestyles promotes change, growth, and activity at the core of it’s concept. It does not remove the responsibility of life, it simply changes the dynamic of it. After doing my online work for the day I intend to enjoy such activities as fishing, hiking, photography, metal detecting, and more while being treated to the amazing views of National Forests across the Country because those activities will be 30 feet outside of my Shuttle Bus Doors. Hell, I could fish while working because my “home” is at whatever lake/river I decide to park it at.
The other lifestyle promotes stagnation, debt, and consumerism. Remaining in the same location, often for decades, while having a huge overhead of unnecessary revolving debt, as I try to fill that location with things that promise happiness but rarely deliver. Often I am so tired from my “daily social contribution” that even though I could enjoy fishing in this lifestyle, I will instead opt to watch Netflix or Hulu because it is “easier” than having to pack everything up and go somewhere to partake in aforementioned activity.
Environment is an amazing factor in our lifestyles. If you have a negative friend, you tend to be more negative around them. If your environment promotes a pattern, you tend to stick to that pattern. So if my environment promotes comfort, consumerist tendencies, and doing things the “easy way” then that’s what my life becomes.
How often do you opt to microwave something rather than heat it up properly or cook a fresh meal? How often do you turn on the TV instead of partake in a hobby or activity? How often do you sit down, rather than do some form of physical activity?
Yes, there are those that can function independently within the system without being consumed by it, but the national health crisis of obesity would suggest there are far more that can’t.
So while I wouldn’t say that “Nomadic Life” is “enlightenment”, I do believe that freeing ourselves from the cage that is the “conformist lifestyle” is a good first step to finding something more, not because of the freedom to travel, but because of the freedom it offers from comforts that only fester laziness and complacency. The freedom that it offers from unnecessary consumerism, requiring happiness to be found through less and not more. Because change is often something the human race fears, but what most often causes the most growth within ourselves and society.
Again, really great conversation everyone, really helping me work out some of my own beliefs and thoughts! Hope everyone is well.