Imagine no possessions – I wonder if you can?

In  John Lennon’s song “Imagine” we are asked to consider what it would be like to live in a world where there was a lot less focus on material possessions.  In the hierarchy of ecological responsibility the first “R” has always been “Reduce” and the positive impacts of focusing on doing with less are very significant.  So this is not a new concept.  However, innovation in this space is accelerating – I discuss at length in a
new posting at the Black Swan Blog.

4 Responses to Imagine no possessions – I wonder if you can?

  1. Joshua B February 27, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    No possessions! I have always liked this concept and agree with it completely. A person’s possessions should only reflect the work he has to do survive. Everything else is only there for a distraction. Granted people will never give up their “stuff”, but there are ways around it. One could easily only be allowed to hold an item for a certain amount of time and then give it to another random person once the time is up. Imagine having to give up everything every few days, including your home! It is the comfort that reduces value and creates problems for society as a whole. How fat do you wanna get?

  2. Pete Lynne February 27, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Yes, imagine a life with limited stuff
    My house burned to the ground on September 11, 2012…..yes “9/11″
    Since then I have been “recollecting”, but am enjoying life with much less items
    Lately, I wish I could downsize even more
    Anyone want any portable water tanks, from 50 gallons to 250 gallons?
    Pete Lynne

  3. Anna Callahan February 27, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Hi Davis, this is Anna from BlogNotions…very thought provoking post. Thanks for helping us think of possibilities to make our world sustainable.

  4. Richard February 27, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    “One could easily only be allowed to hold an item for a certain amount of time” – Who would be making this determination of whether I should be allowed to own something, and for how long? So this is a forum for expressing communist ideas? I thought it was for discussing alternative energy technology.