Friday, 14 December 2007
Escape from Affluenza
For years, since reading this book, I have wanted to see this film. When we joined an online DVD service it was the first thing I looked for, they didn't have it in yet so I still haven't seen it but yesterday this sequel to Affluenza arrived in our mailbox. I so enjoyed this film. I wish that it was mandatory for all people to watch this in school before they could graduate. As I was watching it I just kept thinking how inspiring it was to actually see a film about people living and loving a simple life. We have been on the path of simple living for years, I first started really reading and learning about it 12 years ago when I read Your Money or Your Life and then Simple Abundance ( after that I was searching our library for every book with the word 'simple' in the title). I love this way of living and I know that it is absolutely the right path for us. I have never thought of it as a dreary substitute to how the Jones live, in fact, I have always felt kind of sad for the Jones, what with all that running around, working, no time for family, shopping to fill the void. I love how watching this film made me feel, it gives a real feeling of connection, I think. It feels good to know that there are so many other people out there living in a similar way, making similar choices. I think we all long to feel connected, to feel a sense of community, to feel understood and valued for what we believe in. Watching this has reminded me just how important that is, it has reminded me that there are many like-minded individuals, if I am just willing to take the time and make the effort to find them. It also reminded me how much I had enjoyed reading several old favourites, authors like Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, Wanda Urbanska and Frank Levering, Cecile Andrews, and introduced me to some people that I had not heard of yet but who were very inspiring to see. I plan on asking our library to buy both of these films, I hope they will because they are very worthwhile and very inspiring. And, I hope, if you get the chance to see them, you will let me know what you think.