快樂泉源建造工程

自從實踐極簡生活,吾得重新建立「快樂的泉源」。

這源頭其實一直不存在,一直未曾建立,只是以往在倚靠購物和娛樂來獲取快感或分散不安感。

清除了家中不能帶給吾任何由心而發的愉悅,決心不再倚靠買物來感受「生之喜樂」,那個精神支柱的缺席一下子變明顯了,不得不去面對那有生以來一直逃避的問題。

需要找尋讓自己活得有意義的活動,那份快樂,並不是從事一份埋沒良心地破壞環境,利用別人的無知來賺取金錢的工作,然後飛去外國享用美食和各種尊貴服務,或添置華美衣飾所能體會的。

始終相信,快樂不能只從物質享受上得到。傾向相信,快樂的基礎是健康的體魄和清晰的思維,而快樂的道路就是幫助別人。

現在日夜思索的就是吾能貢牽社會些甚麼。不知道那是甚麼,只好默默累積各種才能:學識、文化、品味……

不能漫無目的地去累積,應該要有方向地積集。

這一點,尚沒有很確切的答案。

(寫於2016年12月18日)

People Praise Products

People born and raised in this consumerist age give so much credit to products. Just take a look at the bank of haul and reviewing kind of videos!

We deploy our characters through products we keep around us, rather than the work we do.

Is it because most of us are employed to do uncreative work?

所謂的愛自己

「愛自己」一詞已被廣告商濫用,曲解成「溺愛自己」。

如果愛自己真的簡單如買一個新包、一雙新鞋、十根gel甲能了事,心理醫師,心靈導師為何早就失業,為甚麼跑出來寫書演講的越來越多?因為人們漸漸發現消費並不能帶來真正的優越感。

immediate gratification = spoiling yourself (e.g. shopping)
delayed gratification = nurturing yourself (e.g. learning)

一時炫耀的虛榮感,馬上又回到缺失感、自我懷疑、低成就感中,那又有何意義呢?

New items for the New year?

The Chinese ritual of getting new items for the new year should be abandoned.

During the post war period, people deprived of necessities could only renew a household item at the start of the year without feeling guilty about it.

People who insist on such a practice are just making an excuse to purchase out of pure desires, rather than necessity.

To save the earth from unreasonable exploitation, people should really cull their thirst for possessions so that merchandisers will, too, cut down their productions and develop business that truly benefit humanity.

消費勿忘生產

別老以為自己有甚麼了不起,廿年前你只是個剛學走的黃毛小子,連自己的名字都不會寫;不想想當初是誰把你養育成人,教你認字、寫字、讀字。

你所擁有的一切,都得靠別人幫助。今早這片面包,是誰栽種小麥、收割小麥、發明磨粉機、磨粉、發明汽車、為汽車加油、運送、開店?

經過一大輪工序,這片包送到你面前了,你將在生產線上投入甚麼貢獻?

一般人會想:「我付錢就是貢獻啦!」But are you really the end of the production line? If so, that slice of bread is under priced. 售價如此便宜,因為假設了用家在消費後會投入這個生產系統。

希望大家在吃每一口飯的同時,思考自己吃飽了,要為眾生服務甚麼,不然就是白吃。

當然會有人說,這樣想太多了,會瘋掉的。但就因為現代人都不愛思考,才落得今人自私自利的風氣。 到底是想多一點對世界比較好,還是甚麼也不管吃了再算好?

Buying versus Fixing

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One of my objectives to set up this website is to share my eco-friendly practice, hoping to use my tiny bit of influence to create more good deeds to the mother earth. My plan is, so far, just a plan and before I can put all my tips together, I have been jotting down here and there on my journals whenever I discover a green action to take.

Many of my discoveries are steps so small that I wonder if they are even worth mentioning about. But there is one recent act of mine that is definitely worth the words, and that is, fixing my DSRL camera.

The picture above shows the camera that I once owned but was later given to my best friend during my detox year. I vowed to not be engaged in any creative projects in order to make space for my mind and figure out my real purpose of being an artist. Although I didn’t keep my promise of quitting photography for long, I was pretty good at keeping my promise of letting go of my possession as such. Even when I resumed taking photos a few months ago, I borrowed an ordinary camera from my friend instead of asking for my own camera back.

The only reason for me getting it back and fixed is to do my colleague a favour. She was going to a tropical island country and she was looking for a nice camera to capture the precious moments she would be spending there. As a Buddhist, I never miss a chance to serve others as long as the task is within my power. Therefore, I promised to take the camera fixed, without carefully considering the fixing cost. The first time I brought my camera to the maintenance centre, I was to leave my camera AND 250HKD. The latter will not be returned if I back off and decide not to fix it. Otherwise, it will be deduced from the total maintenance cost. A few days later the invoice came, stating that an additional 750HKD should be charged because of a missing piece inside the camera. While I was contemplating over and over, I kept ignoring the text messages from the service assistant who reminded me of the camera still being kept in the repair centre. Seldom do I have difficulties in making decision, but this time, it took me so long to make the deal that my colleague had already left Hong Kong.

I am not one of those typical Hong Kongers who are more than happy to see their broken electronic devices so that they can buy another one without the sense of guilt. Yes, it saves time buying a new one and the new one offers more functions, but before the present glorious days of consumerism, people did get things fixed and it was indeed a virtue by extending the lifespan of creation for as long as it has. There is no reason to throw away something right when it stops functioning when there are plenty of professional craftsmen out there who depend their lives upon fixing things.

Admittedly I was a little stubborn as to spend the amount of money on fixing an old camera when I could have bought a new one if I had sold the two lenses just for the sake of being eco-friendly. But then I didn’t regret doing so, at least not as much as before, for the replacement piece was shipped all the way from Japan and I came home with my camera in a cute paper bag.