100 Words: Bare Necessities

henry david thoreau

baloo the bear

Henry David Thoreau and Baloo the Bear were both smart cookies about life. Both espoused the philosophy that life is unnecessarily complicated and that sublime living awaits if we are able (as Henry David puts it)

to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms

Or as Baloo sings to “look for the bare necessities.”

It can be scary to let go of the happiness/safety illusion attached to our trappings. But whether you are at Walden or in the jungle or in a little camper or dancing in class, you actually need less than you think.

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