Blog Day 2011 Personal Philosophy

On Personal Utopia.


Instead of impressing upon the world my version of a utopian society, I am going to write about how living my utopian life would be. There is very little you can do to effect society as a whole, but as Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I am slowly working towards accomplishing this in my life, but as this is a utopia, this may be just out of the realm of reality.

To start I have decided I want to live a life of “digital minimalism.” By this I mean to have very little in the physical world, but be as gluttonous as I want in the digital space. Data is cheap, and relatively energy efficient, where as physical objects take up a finite amount of space and energy. Ideally I would like to have all my videos, games, music, movies, books, photos, and memories in the digital space. I am doing a good job with the conversion thus far it is just incredibly tedious work.

The second part to this is be mobile. Living this lifestyle will make moving an incredibly easy task. Some clothes, a laptop, and maybe a projector. Boom, I’m moved. I would love to travel and being able to pick up and take my entire life with me makes any place on Earth, home.

The third and final reason to do this is to leave the smallest carbon footprint. I believe the digital age is going to allow us to use far less energy than any other time in post-industrial human history and do more with that energy. The less energy used the more that will be left for future generations. Whether we like it or not we have a responsibility to the people who come before us so they to can enjoy this planet as we have.

On top of this I would like to be physically active everyday and learn new things until my death. Those last two may be the hardest things of what I have written.

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