Thursday, March 21, 2013

All the important things about living a life are simple.

That thought occurred to me the other day and as I turned it over in my mind I couldn't find any exceptions to it. Not that there aren't things that are complicated but as far as I can see they don't have anything to do with living life.

Having shelter and being protected from weather, having food, being safe, having those we care about near us, playing, enjoying the Earth, exploring....just living.

I was thinking this stuff while taking care of the bunnies out at Heartland Rabbit Rescue. The rabbits know what's important...they focus on those things.

I poked around on the internet to see who else had realized is virtually impossible to think of something that someone else hasn't already thought and I ran across this quote:
 Life is not complex.  We are complex.  Life is simple,
and the simple thing is the right thing.
- Oscar Wilde
I checked a bit further and couldn't find anyplace else that had this quote so I'm not quite certain that it is accurately attributed to Mr. Wilde. Be that as it's a good quote.

It sort of negates one of the things about ourselves (we human animals) we tend to tout "intelligent" we are. Intelligence is actually sort of irrelevant unless it assists in making the living of life better...unless it assists in the simple things. Hmmm... 

Being vegan, not harming others...that's a fairly simple thing, isn't it?


Laloofah said...

Funny, I just saw that quote somewhere online in the past few days, and now I can't remember where. But simplicity has been a recurring theme lately, guess I need to pay attention! :-)

Christina said...

Yep. A good brain does us no good if we don't have the heart and compassion to go along with it.

Bea Elliott said...

We human animals --- So "intelligent" to our detriment. I'm wondering though... Are we really complex or complicated?

I love the idea of living a full life made of simple components. And truly the simplest thing in the world has got to be the ease of kindness.
~Hugs to Heartland Bunnies~ <3

Anonymous said...

Yes! and just being able to go outside and stretch one's limbs. What a luxury we deny so many others. I think of it all the time. Sunlight on my face, walking somewhere: nothing better.

veganelder said...

Thank you for commeting Laloofah, Christina, Bea and DEM.

Laloofah: Simplicity sometimes seems not so simple. :-)

Christina: Precisely so!

Bea: Kindness is easy isn't it? The bunnies thank you. :-)

DEM: Well said...we want it for ourselves but deny others that which we want. Not good. said...

How true, all our misconceptions about security, wealth and good living. We need little to live and animals show us the way, Great to find you here. Peace, lee (

veganelder said...

Thank you for your comment Lee. Yup, they'll show us the way. :-)