Sunday, July 2, 2017

Less is more

minimalist philosophy, simplicity, life

Obesity is an epidemic in the western societies. The prevalence is growing at an alarming rate in Nigeria. Something tells me we are copying not just the fat cats, but the wrong cats. Experts say that our eating habits are to blame, some say it’s in the genes. Whichever way you look at it, the excess fat didn’t pile up by accident. We live in a world of cause and effect.

Most people think more is always better. DO YOU AGREE? The adverse effect of buying that idea outright is wanton desperation, abnormal perspiration, debt and AGAIN OBESITY, in short, what I call pathological discontentment.

Obesity is largely a physical phenomenon, howbeit pathological. For me, this umbrella term best captures the numerous challenges we face in our world today… We consume more and more, utilize less and less, wondering why what we’ve acquired is not enough, and complaining that the world is a mess.

MORE IS MORE: Consequences of obesity: 

Obesity is associated with eating disorder. Not a good idea if your budget is not fat enough. In fact, obese people have gargantuan appetites, and it appears satisfaction ain’t gonna come if nothing drastic (perhaps painful) is done. 

Imagine a wind pipe stuffed with fat that makes it difficult to breathe when you sleep at night, or makes it impossible to have uninterrupted sleep altogether. If the victim manages a brief spell of sleep, he/she would emit a thunderous snore, vexing the neighbor next door. The nasty side effect is snoozing and staggering during the broad day light. Guess the phenomena I am talking about: obstructive sleep apnea... It brings tremendous stress and is associated with a sticky web of complications…

Obesity (particularly that of the belly) makes it hard for insulin (already idle and in excess) to take glucose in…You know what it means: Type 2 Diabetes.

With obesity, excess fat will definitely become a crushing burden to the joints, resulting in pain, stiffness and attrition. It’s called osteoarthritis…

Obesity goes hand in hand with excess of fat. Excess fat injures the liver, forming scars and wrecking the structure and function. Metabolism suffers...; toxicity gloats. Ceteris paribus plus a deranged kidney to match, and the body turns to a biological waste dump. It reminds me the fact: if you don’t clear your own waste, your own waste will clear you.

Excess fat is inflammatory and it dips the immune system... A bitter recipe for deteriorating health... 

Obesity unleashes mayhem in the cardiovascular system. The story goes like this: The body organs demand steady blood supply; so does fat (which seems greedy). Excess fat increases the workload of the heart and congests the traffic in the blood vessels (waiting to burst). With time, bad things happen, vis-à-vis stroke, heart attack, heart failure... metabolic failure! and more...

It’s a well known fact that obesity is a bane to reproductive health. For the man, it simply renders him impotent. For the woman, it’s a little bit complicated. The umbrella term polycystic ovarian syndrome is commonplace in obese women of childbearing age. There is infertility, menstrual irregularity, cessation of ovulation. Mysteriously, the female begins to produce testosterone in disturbing quantities, and her body becomes hairy...If she manages to get pregnant, there is a risk of difficulty during labor and delivery, added to the mountain of health complications that would likely weigh the mother and baby down…

It appears to be linked to mushrooming cancer prevalence. Annoying signals transmitted by excessive fat can disturb the sacred DNA, and make law abiding cells go astray (dividing uncontrollably and invading mindlessly)...

In an age where people think beautiful is skinny, being obese doesn’t feel great for most people (unless they are sumo wrestlers). I don’t like the stigma-filled attention they attract. It’s as if they are burden to persons and things, and the whole earth vibrates with every heavy stride they make. That is why they are prone to depression. It is particularly difficult for people who depend on the approval of others. 

LESS IS MORE: The philosophy of simplicity:

 Life is very simple but we insist on making it complicated


It is wasteful to do with more what you can do with less.

The hot chase for more has no end in sight (which is supposed to be happiness) ...It’s a vicious cycle as more consumption increases the appetite and satisfaction becomes elusive…

The less-is-more mindset helps in shifting our focus to what matters,... to make the most of what we have.

Don’t accumulate what you don’t need. The earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not enough for every man’s greed, according to Gandhi (I agree). Having a resourceful and conservative mindset (not consumerist) could make way for a greener world. Lean is green. 

If what you acquired then didn’t make you happy, what makes you think what you are acquiring now (or about to acquire) will make you happy. Pause and think!

Most times, it’s not what you add that matters but what you subtract. When you cut the crap, you create time and space, even save money (by spending less) for the really important and meaningful aspects of life.

The Less-is-more mindset helps you cherish the puny things of life, and understand that you already have everything you need to be happy. Happiness is a choice and can only be found within.

Live fully in the moment; all you’ve got is the present. If you spend your time wallowing in the past or worrying about the future, you are only going to stress yourself out.

Contrary to popular belief, there are drops of riches in contentment. It means less to worry about. It means less stress...

The truth is that nobody [was, will ever be and] is exactly like you. Live your life according to your standards, not that of others. To interrupt the cycle of inadequacy, you have to rank how you see yourself higher than how others see you. And once you stop comparing yourself with others, you free yourself from the unhappiness and discontent that comes with unfair comparisons. The lesser you compare yourself with others, the lesser your fear of failure; the more likely you are to be confident and patient; the more likely you are to own your choices.

The logic that having more (perhaps everything) will make you happy is faulty. You cannot have everything. But you can get what you want with what you have.

Excess can be toxic. In this age of information overload and epic distraction, we are bombarded with needless solicitations, impressions, perhaps thoughts, begging for attention. Unfortunately, the supply of time is limited (it runs out whether you like it or not), yet the demand for time seems limitless. That’s strange! To live fully, your choices have to be as thin (and equally sharp) as razor blade.

Genuine focus on the task you are passionate about (one at a time until it is done) has a way of slowing down the leakage of time. When you scatter your attention over a zillion things, you spread out thin. The wind can blow you away with ease…

There are no closed systems; time simply runs out for the observer
      Frank Herbert (Dune)

The sunlight on the garden
Hardens and grows cold,
We cannot cage the minute
Within its nets of gold,
When all is told
We cannot beg for pardon.
Louis MacNeice

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