Remember Maslow’s hierarchy? It basically says we need to have our basic essentials taken care of first and then we can move on. It starts at love & security; food-shelter-clothing, and ends up at self-actualization. First developed in 1943, it’s amazing it still stands the test of time.
Although this version may be more accurate….
or maybe this one is more current?
My personal experiences at WinSol’s simple & natural living has been a constant focus of not ‘powering up’. It is SO, SO tempting to just go to the store and buy, buy: more solar panels, more comfy chairs, more 2×4, 2×6, etc. It has taken me over a decade to realize the surrounding forest has all (or most) of what’s needed. 1″ fir tree rounds are way stronger than 2×6’s. Chairs can be made from the forest (hey – I’m working on it). Thermal mass is amazing in tons of local granite. The dome floor is just the dirt (sifted) from clearing the access road to it…. on and on. All re-purposed, or in the current PC lingo: up-cycled.
What are the basic essentials? Let’s face it, our basic physical needs are still food, shelter and clothing. Ok, I’ll add warmth (coolth?) in there. But one can easily survive with an indoor temperature of 40F. But do we really need to cool ourselves to 65F on summer days?
And then there’s all that energy.
Do we really need energy to live simply? Ok, I’ll vote for lights, music, videos and internet in that order. Above these items, it’s over-rated. We are getting more comfy and cozy with all our toys. I hope they last, but if they don’t y’all can always come experience the sheer beauty and serenity (and quietness) of WinSol in it’s natural state…. and maybe after a few days feel refreshed by real simplicity.
Here’s my personal favorite on Maslow’s hierachy: