One of the most challenging targets in life is to remain
simple and lead a simple life. However, greed and pomposity do
blind us many a time and we end up doing things that we would
not like to do. The “keep it simple” rule is not that simple
If a person does not have many resources simplicity is thrust
upon him. He has no option but to lead an austere life. It is
only when he has the means and resources and still chooses to
remain simple that shows character.
The benefits of simplicity are too obvious to need any
explanation. However, some of the very prominent ones are
Perhaps the greatest benefit of simplicity is that it is one
of the means of a stress-free life. This is because most of
the stress that we incur today arises from the rat race of
becoming wealthier and outdoing each other in this dash for
wealth. Becoming wealthy is not something despicable. However,
when wealth becomes the only target of life, it has a very
unhealthy influence on the mind. If a person is free of
financial stress, his mind and heart are at peace.
Another benefit of simplicity is that it gives us time to
think about the higher ideals of life. Simple living ensures
that a person gets a fair amount of free time. If this time is
used to contemplate what a person can do to contribute to the
society and also realize a mission in life, one can imagine
the intellectual growth of such a society.
Simplicity also gives us the time to think about the deprived
and embark upon ways and means to fulfill their needs. It is
the key to service and serving human beings. It teaches us
that life is about thinking of others and helping them as far
as possible. When the upper strata of a society decide to
remain simple, it has a tremendous trickle down effect.
Simplicity affords us the time to build relationships and
spend quality time with the human beings around us. We become
more available and accessible to them. Friendship can only
prosper if a friend has time to think about emotionally
supporting those around him, especially his family.
A note of caution here seems in order. At times extremism in
simplicity leads to asceticism and giving up the pleasures of
life. This of course must be guarded against. Simplicity does
not mean that one should forsake enjoyment and recreation and
deny the body of its basic needs. Simplicity on the other hand
means to enjoy whatever means God has blessed us with without
at the same time being pre-occupied with a race for branded
products and ostentation.