Living The Utopian Dream

The NY Times breathlessly relates stories of people who say they will give it all up

Like many other young couples, Aimee and Jeff Harris spent the first years of their marriage eagerly accumulating stuff: cars, furniture, clothes, appliances and, after a son and a daughter came along, toys, toys, toys.

Now they are trying to get rid of it all, down to their fancy wedding bands. Chasing a utopian vision of a self-sustaining life on the land as partisans of a movement some call voluntary simplicity, they are donating virtually all their possessions to charity and hitting the road at the end of May.

“It’s amazing the amount of things a family can acquire,” said Mrs. Harris, 28, attributing their good life to “the ridiculous amount of money” her husband earned as a computer network engineer in this early Wi-Fi mecca.

The Harrises now hope to end up as organic homesteaders in Vermont.

And more folks are doing the same

Matt and Sara Janssen, who traded down from their house in Iowa to a studio apartment in Montana and finally an R.V. powered by vegetable oil, now crisscross the country with their 4-year-old daughter, highway nomads living on $1,500 a month.

Not that simplicity need be that spartan. Cindy Wallach and her husband, Doug Vibbert, of Annapolis, Md., moved out of their apartment with an “everything must go” party and, along with their 3-year-old son, now sail and make their home on a 44-by-24-foot catamaran.

Three thoughts: how soon till these people end up on the public dole, how soon till the liberals realize that these peoples kids are not being indoctrinated by government schools, and how soon till the children end up in therapy from dealing with their wacko parents?

Eh, that’s a little harsh. To each wacko to their own

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2 Responses to “Living The Utopian Dream”

  1. John Ryan says:

    Please tell us about your personal experience raising children. Of course we all know that you DO wish all the best !

  2. VB says:

    Ummm, as one of those people in the article, our philosophy is to live within your means. No credit card debt. Save money rather than spend it and travel the world with our son with our savings so he can experience other cultures first hand learning the geography, history and languages of the places we live. Versus the “normal” buying the maximum house you can afford and then watching it tank, a luxury car to impress people and replace every 5 years, being a slave to your debt and being glued to a television or video game for all of your non working hours for the rest of your life trying to escape your existance.

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