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Live Simple: A Manifesto For Change

Updated on September 2, 2012

I am the town crier in the bell tower, ringing the bell of change and hoping those who could hear, who should hear, will hear.

I am the defrocked priest standing at the pulpit, shouting to the Bluetooth congregation about hellfire and brimstone, waiting for the bishop to hand down punishment on my sorry soul.

I am the lost sheep, separated from the flock during a horrendous storm, trying to find my way back to safety before the wolves come a’callin’.

I am a modern day Don Quixote, tilting windmills no one else sees, looking for a time machine to take me back to a simpler time.

I am all those things and more…so much more….as are we all.

“Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you,” and yet Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away. Who will replace him? Who do we have in 2012 who can capture the attention of our nation? The idols are false, the heroes are all media-produced, and real, churn-your-guts heroism is yawned at and marked with the bored eye of indifference.

The Baby Boomers gave way to Generations X, Y and Z, and now what’s next? We have run out of alphabet! Does that mean we have run out of hope? Some would say YES! Ask that question to the 13 million unemployed in the United States. Ask that question to the 600,000 homeless in the United States. Ask that question to the millions who have shut themselves off from the rest of the world in their gated communities, windows and doors barred to provide the illusion of security.

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

When was that written? Over one-hundred years ago or yesterday? It seems that Lady Liberty has left and gone away; probably sharing a cab with Joltin’ Joe.

Joltin' Joe DiMaggio
Joltin' Joe DiMaggio | Source
George Reeves....Superman
George Reeves....Superman | Source
These people taught me about Living Simple!
These people taught me about Living Simple! | Source

HEY, NOW, WHAT’S THAT SOUND?

In 1973 there was a billboard in Seattle which read, “Will the last person who leaves Seattle please turn off the lights?” Can you hear the sound of millions of light switches being flicked? Are those lights being turned off, or hope? Are those lights being turned off, or common decency? Are those lights being turned off, or compassion?

Joltin’ Joe, what say you? We need you buddy? Don’t take a powder now, not when we are floundering as a civilization!

BY THE SHORES OF THE JORDAN

Vacation in the lovely cities of Sodom and Gomorrah! One for all and all for one? Don’t be ridiculous…it’s every man and woman for themselves here. Give me a grande low-fat cup of greed and stir in a healthy dollop of ego while you’re at it.

Toss a few crumbs to that poor slob over there, but don’t get too close. Looks a little unwashed and you know what they say about THOSE people! Seems the golden door is permanently shut to them.

Wait, we can always write our Congressman! The Democrats promise a level playing field; let’s vote for them. The Republicans promise a level playing field; let’s vote for them. They care, right? They are our representatives, right? Wave at them as they drive by in their limos; isn’t that heartwarming, the smile they give us, the empathy they exude as elections approach. I feel better already! How about you?

LOOK! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s……no, Superman is dead! Clark Kent shot himself in 1959….and so it goes. Never fear, though; Superman may have died in 1959 but Simon Cowell was born that year, the perfect replacement for sure. Good old values replaced by cynicism oozing insincerity. Symbolic to the extreme!

The economy is fine, man, so stop your bitchin’. The drug trade is ridin’ high at $400 billion per year and human trafficking is an up and comer, pouring in $42 billion. No reason to sweat the economy, man. What, you lost your job! Re-train, baby, re-train! This is the Land of Opportunity; you just have to know where to dig for that gold.

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SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS

“One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” There’s only one problem: the leap was backwards. When we look to the moon for answers for what ails us, we are howling with the wolves.

The Love Generation spoke of peace and love for all mankind; then they traded it all in for stock options and a 4,000 sq ft home in the burbs. It turns out Superman wasn’t faster than a speeding bullet after all was said and done, and Joltin’ Joe ain’t coming back. So what to do? Buying happiness with a credit card blew up in our collective face, and the up-and-coming industry is foreclosure. What to do?

Well, I for one plan on standing on the highest rooftop, where I will scream, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

You see, the solutions will not be found in the next election. We can’t shuck and jive our way out of this self-dug hole. We’ve got serious trouble in River City, and that starts with T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Progress. Yep, we have progress. We have progressed to the point where we can’t find our butts for a hole in the ground, and we’re looking for answers in all the wrong places.

Who can we blame? There must be someone who can shoulder the blame for the state we are now in. I know, let’s blame the immigrants, and the minorities, and the millions sucking the social service system dry, and the police and government and our damn parents, who simply did not raise us properly and never taught us to strap on some balls and be adults.

Nope, that won’t wash any longer. If we aren’t part of the solution we are part of the problem, and the mirror doesn’t lie my friends. There is only one solution to what ails us, and the solution has been right in front of us all along

GETTING BACK TO BASICS

From a single acorn grows a mighty tree! We are all acorns, but to grow properly we need to set our roots in good soil, and then we need to feed those roots with proper nutrients. It starts with one, then family, then community, and it spreads. Standing idly by and hoping change will occur somewhere else is a fool’s mission at best. Who do you trust? Your government? Your business leaders? I have more faith in a Revivalist tent show than in any of those.

No, the solution begins with me, and you, and you! I cannot decry crime, corruption and indecency, but choose to do nothing about it. I cannot hide beneath the covers and hope the wolves don’t come to my door, all the while thankful that it was my neighbor who was devoured and not me.

For me to demand respect I must be willing to give it! For me to demand compassion and empathy I must demonstrate it! If I am longing for old-fashioned values then I need to be the communicator of those values.

I need to return to Living Simple!

Yes, as a society, we have lost our way, but I am confident we can turn on our own personal GPS and map out a new route.

Are you buried in debt? Put the shovel down and quit piling it on! Cut back on spending! Find a way!

Are you unhappy with your job? Look at alternatives! Work for yourself! Find a way!

Are you tired of the lack of respect you receive? Begin by being respectful of others! Find a way!

Are you living in fear? Form a community and put a sign in your yard….no fear allowed! Find a way!

We are not sheep! It’s about time we quit acting like them. There was once a simpler time in the United States. There was once a time of community, values, respect, compassion and love they neighbor. There was once a time when bigger was not better, and people only spent what they could afford to spend. The Great Depression taught some tough lessons to a generation of citizens, but those lessons were forgotten, blown away with the Dust Storm of Selfishness and Greed.

Tough words? I don’t think so! We have allowed this current situation to fester and grow. We rode the crest for awhile and then when the wave broke we cried foul! How silly of us…how short-sighted of us!

THE CHOICE IS YOURS

I have deleted Sodom and Gomorrah from my personal GPS unit. I have no reason to walk those streets paved with pyrite. I have chosen a new path and it suits me well. I said goodbye to a life that wasn’t working, and I stood atop my personal skyscraper and declared my resistance to what appears to be progress but what is, in fact, a hell-bent-for-leather race down a dead end road.

Superman isn’t dead; he resides in each of you. The trick is in recognizing kryptonite in all of its disguises.

I am the town crier in the bell tower! Can you hear the sound? Do you know what it signifies? Will you hop aboard your trusty steed and tilt some windmills with me?

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

Visit my Living Simple blog at http://theartoflivingsimple.wordpress.com/

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      Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

      This is why I play with trains. Great piece Bill, here's to living simple! Coo coo ca choo

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, you play with trains and listen to "I Am A Walrus!....interesting combination. Thank you Sir!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      A great message as always, Bill. You are the harbinger of change. Keep up the great crusade.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      So true! "For me to demand respect I must be willing to give it! For me to demand compassion and empathy I must demonstrate it! If I am longing for old-fashioned values then I need to be the communicator of those values."

      Living life simple with passion will surely keep us happy :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks TT!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, thank you! As you can tell, I feel strongly about this subject. LOL I appreciate you taking the time to read my manifesto!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I completely agree with your message and was actually just talking about just want you wrote about and especially that as you put it "the solutions will not be found in the next election". So true, because I am not confident that anyone person is capable of making a change for us. I think you are right that we have to take control of our lives ourselves and then maybe some change can actually occur. Very nicely put and I am right here with you on this crusade!! Voted and of course shared too :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, it's always nice to be bolstered by your kind words. I simply can't get excited about the elections this year....actually, I haven't gotten too excited about elections since 1968. :) Thank you my dear! Have a wonderful week.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill,

      A very inspiring message here buddy!

      "Well, I for one plan on standing on the highest rooftop, where I will scream, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

      Well said Bill!

      I liked how you mentioned us as acorns needing to grow properly by feeding ourselves with the right nutrients. Fantastic analogy uncle!

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      These are the words that every member of congress need to digest and swear allegiance to. You my friend should run for the Presidency, change is definitely in the air and better to make it happen before a Revolution appears on our doorstep. Let's all grow a bigger set of balls and stand up for what we believe in Freedom, Truth and Liberty. The Roman Empire fell to large egos, exploitation and greed, let not America follow suit.

      Canada is your northern neighbour and when the great USA shakes we get the ripple affects. I pray the day will come when neither of us have to fear our very survival depending on the choices our leaders make for us and our children and grandchildren.

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      "Be the change you want to see in this world" is the theme of this hub. The way you write is like poetry... poetry in prose...It is so because it strikes the right chords in the soul where the wisdom part of psyche lies in.

      I have been through the tough times in the past, some of which happened in my childhood. It's really enlightening to read your writing as I get to reaffirm some of my convictions.

      It is so important to get rid of trivial or unwanted things/thinking-pattern in order to lead a happy life.

      I keep on rambling....Sigh! :D

      Thanks for sharing such a wonderful thinking of yours! Hats off!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh, just a little gardening tip for this morning! Glad you enjoyed it, nephew, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vincent, I would go crazy as President....there is no way those fat cats can accomplish anything as long as special interest groups are allowed to pour billions into the political system. No, I'll just keep standing on the rooftop yelling my message. Thank you Sir and your point about Canada and the U.S. is well-taken; we are united at the hip and we need to come together.

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      onlooker 4 years ago

      "Superman isn’t dead; he resides in each of you. The trick is in recognizing kryptonite in all of its disguises."

      - Bill Holland

      Well who do we blame..? Everything and everyone have become so entangled into this commercial state of mind its like theres no going back. Shame really. We as humans have managed to complicate EVERYTHING! I loved this hub and I've voted it everything X) Thank you, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pooja, you are a good person, and you can ramble on my site any day you want. I like your rambling!

      Thank you my dear; keep being the person that you are; we need more like you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ah, my beautiful onlooker....how are you dear? You have been visible of late....are you still in the U.S.? I have missed you and hope you can find the time to chat sometime soon. Thank you very much, as always, and know that I appreciate you greatly.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      This:

      "No, the solution begins with me, and you, and you! I cannot decry crime, corruption and indecency, but choose to do nothing about it. I cannot hide beneath the covers and hope the wolves don’t come to my door, all the while thankful that it was my neighbor who was devoured and not me" says it all!

      An excellent beginning to this much needed series!

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      Dr Pooja 4 years ago

      Back from vacation in Thailand and onto my life at Hubpages.Life was fun with minimal technology and more communication with human beings and nature during my stay in ChiangMai .Your hub reassured me that we need more humanity than mindless tech that is threatening our values .

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Oh town crier...another interesting hub about life. If everyone took care of themselves and did the right thing I guess there would be no problems. However, not everyone feels passionately about life, enjoying the moment and being a good person. Thanks for sharing the thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark! I''m preaching to the choir when you read this, but I greatly appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dr. Pooja, I am glad you had a wonderful vacation and you are rested and ready to go. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, isn't that a shame? Thank you!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Hmm, me thinks we need to start calling you Paul Revere! Your message is different but even more important than his! We do choose to make life complicated, it's like the little problems continue to extrapolate!

      Keep leading Bill, Superman and Joe would both be proud!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, look up when you pass a belltower; you just might spot me up there. LOL Thank you as always!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I drove down 5 miles South to the Bell Tower.....I saw you standing there and heard your cries. The crowd was shouting Mantras and applauding with fervor and faith.

      We are with you, citizen bill. These are the truths and the answers are within. You have enlightened and empowered those who will listen...to now ACT.

      Thank you for this powerful message. UP+++

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Wow Bill that was really heavy and deep!! I completely agree with everything that you stated. There is always hope, a new Superman, a new Joe (by the way, I love those pictures) as long as each of us are willing to mend our ways. They say one person can make a difference and I know it be true because of You!!

      Voted Up, Interesting, Useful, Awesome, and Shared!!!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      You're off to a great start with this series. Powerfully written message that I strongly agree with. Voted up, useful, and interesting! Also, I love your blog, and joined it. Nice work!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      "I didn't look...did you have the Battle Hymn of the Republic playing during that?"

      You and I have discussed this many times over our recent past. The Back To Basics call and the War Against Complacency is a necessity. It's not too late to shift the direction we're headed, we just don't want the boat to go around in circles along the way!

      The Strength is in the numbers! Tin soldiers and Nixon coming, another Ohio isn't a vision if the numbers are there to proclaim loud enough that, "We're mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore."

      Everyone's voice is needed. Question is: What will make them shout?

      Another strong hub, my friend. Keep 'em coming!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ahm, you running for congress billybuc? Goodness, this is a very sharp hub and I am borrowing this from you (The Art of Living Simple) : "I need shelter, food and love. Anything else that I have I could lose tomorrow and it wouldn't make a dent in my lifestyle. I like it that way." Yes, I like it that way-very much and I'm going to print this quote and post it on my board where I'd see it everyday. Thank you for this inspiring read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Damn, Paula, I saw you and waved but maybe you didn't see me. Thanks for dropping by my dear! I'll keep shouting and hopefully others will hear and act. Have a great week my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Patty; I appreciate the kind words and the share! I'm just trying to raise the consciousness of this country. One person at a time, right?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mperrottet, thank you for visiting my blog. You just reminded me that I need to do a new blog post. So much to do, right? I appreciate your message and taking the time to visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Richard, you just brought back some terrible memories of Kent State. How does that happen in this country? Well, we can't let it happen again! We need to take the power back and control our own destiny. Thanks buddy! I will keep them coming.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris Sp, thank you for visiting my blog. That means a lot to me! I appreciate you and your support very much.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Wonderful hub Bill! You made excellent points. I can't imagine anyone reading this and walking away the same... which is a very good thing ^_^ Voted up and shared

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, thank you! My hope is to just stir it up a bit and see if change doesn't happen! It's always nice to have you drop by.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A great hub, as usual, Bill, with strong points about getting back to basics. We should all be living simply!! Well done...and VUMS!

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      Katheryn 4 years ago from United States

      Billy...you have outdone yourself with this one. I've been "mad as hell and trying not to take it", but so many just want to wear blinders, hope nothing bad happens to them and keeps up with the game of charades. We are all humans and, therefore, subject to fail sometimes be it in our behavior or realtionships or any other way. The problem now is the absolute greed the permeates all of society and every aspect of our lives and I'm not totally convinced we can change that because that has to do with individual moral convictions or lack thereof. Exactly as you said, what industries are thriving and growing expotentially each year, drugs, porn, child explotation, and every other low life money making venture out there. What does it really come down to, moral conviction or lack of. Unfortunately, this is also true in most of our leaders. We know this has always been the case but much more so now. There is not any amount of money I could be offered by participation in those ways to make money, no matter how little I had, but look at how many people make money and those that spend money to purchase these services. It is disheartening but we must carry on the fight. Obviously, you know how passionate I am about this subject. Wow...the real superman. One of my favorite shows as a kid...Clark and Lois :) Sorry I am ranting again! Voted Up ++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, thank you my friend! I appreciate it greatly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travel, no need to apologize! I want some people ranting. It is overwhelming looking at the battle ahead; as you said, greed and moral convictions, or lack thereof, are at the core of this problem, and I'm not sure what I am doing has any effect....but I have to try.

      So glad you found this worth reading and considering. Thank you very much for being the person you are.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Well done Bill, hitting the nail on the head with simplicity making a comeback in our lives. Too often we all get sucked in and then have to regroup. I know I have had massive changes in the past few years and living a simpler and ultimately happier life, was definitely the way forward. Great article my friend, voted up and more!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, it is such a simple (pun intended) concept but it takes most of us a long time to grasp it. Happiness is not found in things. Duh!

      Thank you my friend; always nice to have you visit!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey Bill - you're preaching to the choir in my home my friend!

      I do miss the way things used to be. I just remember values, and being American...boy when I was a child we were proud to be American...I never see that patriotic spirit much anymore. Maybe I'm missing something?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yep, Kelly, you are missing the spirit...it has disappeared. It's not your imagination my friend.

      Thank you!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Manifesto...that there's a big word! LOL- you did it justice. I think you will champion this cause quite well :)

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Bravo!

      I march behind you, Bill.

      I demand simple times where solutions need'nt be googled but just comes from the heart and head. Such times are always treasured for years to come!!

      voted up as useful and interesting!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Big word indeed, Julie, but I had confidence that you could figure it out. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, thank you! I admire and respect you; I hope you know that!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, this is so powerful, I can feel your passion burning up my monitor! Yes, simpler times are in order. I have fallen into the trap myself and am drowning. We must stand tall, one person at a time, until we are once again united in freedom.

      Awesome, series my friend. I just love it when you get all fired up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, hopefully I don't burn out! :)

      I'll keep singing the song and we'll see what happens. Maybe a few more people will learn the melody!

      Thank you my dear! Sending you hugs and love

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I posted a hub a while back, that I'd written a long time ago. It's called Annihilation. It deals with this very issue but from a different level. I've always been pissed off by the "pressures" impinged upon us. What pisses me off even more, is that I fell prey to it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, we all did! Now we see that as truth and need to find a way out of it. I know you will figure it all out.

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      Rachel Koski 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Brilliant. Especially this: "When we look to the moon for answers for what ails us, we are howling with the wolves." You speak my language, man. Voted up and more, and shared and Facebook'ed and pinned and whatever else.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachel, as soon as I read your profile I knew I liked you. I'm glad we speak the same language; now if we can just get a few more people to listen. Welcome to HubPages, thanks for the following and the shares and everything else.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, you should have your own talk show pal. I can't find the right word to describe it, so I will go with "special." You have a special gift, one that speaks to all of us that read your wisdom. I was born in 83. Things were simple for me in the late 80s and early 90s. Yes, probably cause I was a kid and had no worries. It was also a different time. When I think of "simple living", I think of the 50s, 60s, and even 70s. I never got the chance to experience those years, but I feel that it was still simple in my early childhood. I enjoy living simple or so I think. Due to technology, I can only live so "simple." I feel that I do though. This is a very interesting subject Bill and a joy to discuss. Great work and wisdom as always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lyric, thank you! I am very happy to meet a kindred spirit and I appreciate you, and your philosophy, very much. I personally have pretty much had it with modern society and everything that it entails. I think I'll build my own simple society and live happily ever after.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hey Billy, I came looking for you this morning and found this one...I'm so glad you speak out like this...just knowing there are 600 thousand homeless should inspire us all to speak up for sure...everyone, everywhere is pulling back these days...it had to happen, no doubt...you are right it's up to us individually to do what we can where we are...thank you, it's inspiring...VUUAI & shared...cheers

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carter, greetings to the tiny little Center for Change! We are growing slowly but we are growing. Thank you for looking for me. I will try to make myself easier to find in the future. :) I really do appreciate, it, my friend.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      You really summed up the situation extraordinarily well. Life today is nothing like it was when I was a child or even a young adult. Living simple is what my husband and I have been doing for sometime now. I was taught that you don't buy a Cadillac if you can't afford the maintenance.

      I wish those in power would take heed to your message. We sure do need change. We need jobs. People need food. My church does a lot of to help various charities and the list of the needy is so large.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Bill, I couldn't have said how I feel any better than you have here. The only problem I have is that I do practice what I believe in. I do give others the respect I want, I treat others the way I want others to treat my mother or my daughter, honestly, Bill, I treated my MacGregor like a king; better than I see some treat their children. It matters to my loved ones, of course, which satisfies my purpose, and others have noticed, but it changes little in the long haul outside of my home.

      The election will have a bearing on all American lives. No one in Washington, D.C. cares whether I work or not, whether I have health insurance or receive no health care, whether I live or die. Their purpose is to have what they want. Although Romney appears to live in the land of the super rich and wants to stay there, with no idea of what it means to struggle, I came across a recent blurb about the $1,750 bottle of custom-blended perfume that Michelle Obama bought. Fancy bottle, covers the stink and better yet, there are only 300 numbered bottles in the limited edition. I was lucky to have the cash to cover the cost of the magazine where I read what I'd already guessed about the elite. None of them have a clue. None of them want to know what it's really like. But, whoever wins the election will affect me...and there's not a diddly damn I can do about it. Just like my situation now. No amount of resumes I send (and I send them everyday) will result in reentry into the workplace until there are jobs. It is what it is. And, Bill, believe it or not, I am not angry, I am not bitter, I am just facing the reality I know. It is what it is. I will never give up, though. I will find a way, but it won't be with any help from our gov't. There isn't any. It is what it is.

      Great, great write. I love your honesty and your fighting spirit, superman!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Your talk is scented with the talks often heard around the campfires of logic and wisdom. I believe that our nation must realize that if change is needed, they must facilitate it. You are right, we are responsible for working towards our goals and should not expect the government to pave the way for us. Voted up all the way!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, as with most of these messages, I know, for the most part, I am preaching to the choir. I only hope it reaches some people who need a wake up call before it is too late.

      Thank you my friend; you are a treasure!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, like you said, we are in complete agreement. At this point I could care less who wins the election, and I have been chastised for that, but seriously, what difference does it make. I had huge hopes for Obama and then reality set in and the landscape has barely changed.

      I love your spirit my dear; there isn't an ounce of quit in you. I love that you are not bitter and I am a believer in karma. Somehow, some way, you will be rewarded....I just hope it's sooner rather than later.

      love from afar,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna; beautifully stated by the way. The campfires of logic and wisdom....very nice. I will save a spot for you next to my campfire.

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm on board, let's shout it from the highest mountain. We ' ain't ' gonna take it any more. We want our good life back. Down with greed. Up with respect and caring about one another...

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      You painted the hand I thought I had in the back of my mind. thank you

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... love this piece and well written. I think we all get tired of the greed. It is time to go back to the simple life...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Wow! I cannot missed one day! I needed a day off, now I see..and read this. Not that this will turn into a new French revolution, but when you see your kids not having enough food...then you will create a domino effect that will ripple through the masses minds. You are the man Billy!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      We must own our responsibility and stop blaming everyone else!!! It's time to put on our big girl panties and deal with it!!! Awesome. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a very powerful wake up call and I am glad you didn't lay the blame on one group or one generation. I think so many people are wrapped up in the details of blame that they don't do anything really progressive. Great hub with a great message!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I can hear you from here! I'm with you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin! Always a pleasure to have you drop by. We must be tuned into the same wavelength.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hugs back atcha, Rolly! I am done with this lifestyle; greed has no place in my little universe!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, the ripple effect is what I am counting on! Viva la Revolution!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, thank you my dear! I have my panties on....let's go make some change happen!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Tammy, I am so tired of people blaming a social group for the problems. It just is not that simple.....start in the mirror and most problems will be solved. Thank you my friend!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Woo hoo! You were on a roll when you wrote this. I love it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I was on a roll for sure. LOL Thank you!

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      Blame never works. Solutions are what we need. Yes, I have often put on the blinders too. Now, seriously the multitudes need to read your article!

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      I wrote the question as you can see posted just above your article today. You have surely answered this question with this hub.

      The question is this: What is the most important task of the writer? Thanks 10X. Oh yes, we do need to invent a new alphabet for our future.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Starstream, I hope they do, and then I hope they do something. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Starstream, that is an interesting question, and I honestly don't know how I would answer it because it seems like it would be too subjective to answer with one response...for me, this is it!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      You are so, SO right. I'm glad you wrote this... though some may think it's harsh, it is the truth and it's not always easy to face. In my own life, facing the truth and doing something to change it allows me to feel a freedom I've never known... I am at a crossroads again and I know what I have to do. When I think of the simple life I think of the Waltons. I've recently gotten hooked on the Waltons on the hallmark channel. They play back to back episodes during the week. I was too young to understand when they were first on but when I watch them now I get it and I somehow know life wasn't always like it is today. I want to live like the Waltons! Your hubs are always inspiring to me, hope you are having a great weekend :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, I love your outlook on life....perhaps it's because we have somewhat similar backgrounds and experiences. I think our ups and downs have given us a valuable perspective on life and what is important in life.

      I loved the Waltons; more than the simple life that they portrayed, I love the message that the show represented...that family and love trump money every single time.

      I wish you well my friend on your journey, and thank you for a great comment.

      bill

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Bill, I love John Walton's character on the show as the dad, he wasn't much into religion like his wife instead he just lived the principles..What is neat is I looked up the cast online and found out that Ralph Waite is an alcoholic and is or was a member of AA. It all made sense :) We sure can pick each other out, can't we?! Anyway, you might have already known that but I was moved to share :) Take care!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, I didn't know that, but I guess it figures. :) Did you ever see the pilot for the series....I don't even remember the name of it, but the parents were different in it.....I think it was called the Homecoming...you have to see it if you haven't already.

      See ya around!

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Would be great to tilt some windmills with you billy! This is a great piece and I'm looking forward to reading more. It takes great courage to go against the grain and be an individual. I'm seeing more and more often how important it is, mostly thanks to my growing family in whom I see the need for guidance and for a strength against the future.

      Haven't caught up lately as I should, due to family being with us here in France; will hopefully do better now! Have a great evening! Ann

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! I am always happy when you stop by; you bring back memories of my earlier days here when I was so excited if just one person read and commented on my hubs. You were always there. Thank you my friend; sending a smile your way.

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      Eddy Jones 4 years ago from Wales.

      I have read this one before but forgot to comment so a second read in order and just as good as the first.

      Thanks for these wonderful reads;enjoy the rest of your day.

      I can never remember the time differences.

      Lots of love.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy; I'm glad I'm not alone on that time difference thing. I think it is six hours for you; India has me confused....Australia I just learned is nine hours.....so much to remember. LOL

      Blessings and love to you,

      bill

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