Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard? | Jon Jandai | TEDxDoiSuthep

Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard? | Jon Jandai | TEDxDoiSuthep

Translator: Jelena Vukovic
Reviewer: Ivana Korom There is one phrase that
I have always wanted to say to everyone in my life. That phrase is “Life is easy.” It’s so easy and fun. I never thought like that before. When I was in Bangkok, I felt like
life is very hard, very complicated. I was born in a poor village
on the Northeastern of Thailand And when I was a kid,
everything was fun and easy, but when the TV came,
many people came to the village, they said, “You are poor, you need to chase
success in your life. You need to go to Bangkok
to pursue success in your life.” So I felt bad, I felt poor. So I needed to go to Bangkok. When I went to Bangkok,
it was not very fun. You need to learn, study
a lot and work very hard, and then you can get success. I worked very hard,
eight hours per day at least, but all I could eat was just
a bowl of noodles per meal, or some Tama dish
of fried rice or something like that. And where I stayed was very bad,
a small room where a lot of people slept. It was very hot. I started to question a lot. When I work hard, why is my life so hard? It must be something wrong, because I produce a lot of things,
but I cannot get enough. And I tried to learn, I tried to study. I tried to study in the university. It’s very hard to learn in university,
because it’s very boring. (Laughter) And when I looked at subjects
in the university, in every faculty, most of them
had destructive knowledge. There’s no productive knowledge
in university for me. If you learn to be
an architect or engineer, that means you ruin more. The more these people work,
the mountain will be destroyed more. And a good land in Chao Praya Basin will be covered
with concrete more and more. We destroy more. If we go to agriculture faculty
or something like that, that means we learn how to poison, to poison the land, the water, and learn to destroy everything. I feel like everything we do
is so complicated, so hard. We just make everything hard. Life was so hard
and I felt disappointed. I started to think about,
why did I have to be in Bangkok? I thought about when I was a kid, nobody worked eight hours per day, everybody worked two hours,
two months a year, planting rice one month
and harvesting the rice another month. The rest is free time,
ten months of free time. That’s why people have
so many festivals in Thailand, every month they have festival. (Laughter) Because they have so much free time. And then in the daytime,
everyone even takes a nap. Even now in Laos, go to Laos if you can, people take a nap after lunch. And after they wake up, they just gossip, how’s your son-in-law,
how’s your wife, daughter-in-law. People have a lot of time, but because they have a lot of time, they have time to be with themselves. And when they have time
to be with themselves, they have time to understand themselves. When they understand themselves, they can see what they want in their life. So, many people see
that they want happiness, they want love,
they want to enjoy their life. So, people see
a lot of beauty in their life, so they express that beauty in many ways. Some people by carving
the handle of their knife, very beautiful, they weave the baskets very nicely. But, now, nobody does that. Nobody can do something like that. People use plastic everywhere. So, I feel like
it’s something wrong in there, I cannot live this way I’m living. So, I decided to quit University, and went back home. When I went back home,
I started to live like I remember, like when I was a kid. I started to work two months a year. I got four tons of rice. And the whole family, six people, we eat less than half a ton per year. So we can sell some rice. I took two ponds, two fish ponds. We have fish to eat all year round. And I started a small garden. Less than half an acre. And I spend 15 minutes per day
to take care of the garden. I have more than 30 varieties
of vegetables in the garden. So, six people cannot eat all of it. We have a surplus to sell in the market. We can make some income, too. So, I feel like, it’s easy,
why did I have to be in Bangkok for seven years, working hard
and then not have enough to eat, but here, only two months a year
and 15 minutes per day I can feed six people. That’s easy. And before I thought
that stupid people like me who never got a good grade at school, cannot have a house. Because people who are cleverer than me, who are number one
in the class every year, they get a good job, but they need to work more
than 30 years to have a house. But me, who cannot finish university,
how could I have a house? Hopeless for people
who have low education, like me. But, then I started to do
earthly building, it’s so easy. I spend two hours per day,
from 5 o’clock in the morning, until 7 o’clock in the morning,
two hours per day. And in three months, I got a house. And another friend
who’s the most clever in the class, he spent three months
to build his house, too. But, he had to be in debt.
He had to pay for his debt for 30 years. So, compared to him, I have
29 years and 10 months of free time. (Laughter) So, I feel that life is so easy. I never thought I could
build a house as easy as that. And I keep building a house every year,
at least one house every year. Now, I have no money,
but I have many houses. (Laughter) My problem is in which house
I will sleep tonight. (Laughter) So, a house is not a problem,
anybody can build a house. The kids, 13 years old, at the school, they make bricks together,
they make a house. After one month, they have a library. The kids can make a house, a very old nun can build
a hut for herself. Many people can build a house. So, it’s easy. If you don’t believe me, try it. If somebody wants to have a house. And then, the next thing is clothing. I felt like I’m poor,
like I’m not handsome. I tried to dress like somebody else,
like a movie star. To make myself look good, look better. I spent one month to save money
to buy a pair of jeans. When I wore them,
I turned left, I turned right, looked in the mirror. Every time I look, I am the same person. The most expensive pants
cannot change my life. I felt like I’m so crazy,
why did I have to buy them? Spend one month to have a pair of pants. It doesn’t change me. I started to think more about that. Why do we need to follow fashion? Because, when we follow fashion,
we never catch up with it, because we follow it. So, don’t follow it, just stay here. (Laughter) Use what you have. So, after that, until now, 20 years,
I have never bought any clothes. All the clothes I have
are leftovers from people. When people come to visit me,
and when they leave, they leave a lot of clothes there. So, I have tons of clothes now. (Laughter) And when people see me
wear very old clothes, they give me more clothes. (Laughter) So, my problem is, I need
to give clothes to people very often. (Laughter) So, it’s so easy. And when I stopped buying clothes,
I felt like, it’s not only clothes, it’s about something else in my life, What I learned is that
when I buy something, and I think about,
I buy it because I like it, or I buy it because I need it. So, if I buy it because I like it,
that means I’m wrong. So, I feel more free
when I think like this. And the last thing is,
when I get sick, what will I do? I really worried in the beginning,
because then I had no money. But, I started to contemplate more. Normally, sickness is a normal thing,
it’s not a bad thing. Sickness is something to remind us
that we did something wrong in our lives, that’s why we got sick. So, when I get sick, I need
to stop and come back to myself. And think about it, what I did was wrong. So, I learned how to use
water to heal myself, how to use earth to heal myself, I learned how to use
basic knowledge to heal myself. So, now that I rely on myself
in these four things, I feel like life is very easy, I feel something
like freedom, I feel free. I feel like I don’t worry
about anything much, I have less fear, I can do
whatever I want in my life. Before, I had a lot of fear,
I could not do anything. But, now I feel very free,
like I’m a unique person on this Earth, nobody like me, I don’t need
to make myself like anybody else. I’m the number one. So, things like this
make it easy, very light. And, after that,
I started to think about that when I was in Bangkok,
I felt very dark in my life. I started to think that many people
maybe thought like me at the time. So, we started a place called
“Pun Pun” in Chiang Mai. The main aim is just saving seed. To collect seed,
because seed is food, food is life. If there is no seed, no life. No seed, no freedom. No seed, no happiness. Because your life
depends on somebody else. Because you have no food. So, it’s very important to save seed. That’s why we focus on saving seed. That’s the main thing in Pun Pun. And the second thing
is it is the learning center. We want to have a center
for ourselves to learn, learn how to make life easy. Because we were taught to make
life complicated and hard all the time. How can we make it easy? It’s easy, but we don’t know
how to make it easy anymore. Because we always make it complicated and now, we start to learn,
and learn to be together. Because, we were taught
to disconnect ourselves from everything else, to be independent, so we can rely on the money only. We don’t need to rely on each other. But now, to be happy,
we need to come back, to connect to ourselves again,
to connect to other people, to connect our mind and body
together again. So, we can be happy. Life is easy. And from beginning until now,
what I learned is the four basic needs:
food, house, clothes and medicine must be cheap and easy for everybody, that’s the civilization. But, if you make these four things hard
and very hard for many people to get, that’s uncivilized. So, now when we look
at everywhere around us, everything is so hard to get. I feel like now is the most
uncivilized era of humans on this Earth. We have so many people
who finish university, have so many universities on the Earth, have so many clever people on this Earth. But, life is harder and harder. We make it hard for whom? We work hard for whom right now? I feel like it’s wrong, it’s not normal. So, I just want to come back to normal. To be a normal person,
to be equal to animals. The birds make a nest in one or two days. The rats dig a hole in one night. But, the clever humans like us spend 30 years to have a house, and many people can’t believe
that they can have a house in this life. So, that’s wrong. Why do we destroy our spirit,
why do we destroy our ability that much? So, I feel that it’s enough for me,
to live in the normal way, in the abnormal way. So, now I try to be normal. But, people look at me
as the abnormal one. (Laughter) A crazy person. But, I don’t care,
because it’s not my fault. It’s their fault, they think like that. So, my life is easy and light now. That’s enough for me. People can think whatever they want. I cannot manage anything outside myself. What I can do is change my mind,
manage my mind. Now, my mind is light
and easy, that’s enough. If anybody wants to have a choice,
you can have a choice. The choice to be easy or to be hard,
it depends on you. Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard? | Jon Jandai | TEDxDoiSuthep

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  2. I totally agree with you that we don’t need a more successful people. We need a more normal people that who are happy whatever they have. Thank you for sharing your man 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  3. What's Wrong with the Monetary System?… – The Zeitgeist Movement Global | Facebook
    Today, money comes into existence by debt creation when commercial banks borrow from central banks and when governments, producers or consumers borrow from commercial banks. … This way, economic actors run into danger of excessive indebtedness and bankruptcy.

  4. The current monetary system results in a wide array of negative social, environmental and economic consequences: high house prices, high public and private debts, inequality, the environment, and democracy, periodic booms & busts, and occasionally financial crises, depressions and even debt deflations, as well as serious consequences for growth, unemployment, investment.

  5. Dam right Mr, make YOUR life easy, and everything will fall into place….. . If your not right with yourself, then everything else will be difficult..

  6. I asked a old man what is true happiness and sadness? He answered "True happiness is feeling gratitude to God and world for everything you have, use them to make this world a better place and ultimately leaving this life with a great satisfaction." And as for sadness/unhappiness? He said "it is focusing on what you don't have/need, neglecting everything you have, comparing yourself to others and ending the life with only regret". What a true wisdom words.

  7. Food is life, anyone here wants to plan a food supply and we all help to build a community together, live easy together? separate our life from a damn GDP economic system

  8. All depend about your dreams. If your dream is big you will fight for it. If it is mediocre little efforts are enough

  9. We keep on working hard but at the same phase our lives also getting hard. Why is that? That's how the system has created. It has designed to keep us enslave forever. As paycheck get bigger unknowingly the lifestyle requirements also get bigger making the costs to go high. With this the debt comes to play. Look around, majority of those who are living in big houses, driving top notch vehicles, where there children goes to top schools, all expenses on fancy items……all these things are done on borrowed money. And the debt trap will enslave them for good 15 – 20 plus years of their lives. Materialistically you look happy, but internally are you?

  10. Life is hard because of the GOVERMENT it makes things streesful for humans it either wants or if IT cant get it one way or the other then NO you cant have it

  11. Well life is how we make it. It's a matter of choice. No harm in challenging yourself to obtain material or immaterial things that'd make you happy, as long as you keep yourself grounded

  12. I have never met anyone in my life as simple as this guy. He explained something so fundamentally wrong with our society that most people fail to even recognize it. So refreshing.

  13. When we surround ourselves with materialistic things and titles we become unhappy and stress. I love this talk! We work hard to buy things to impress people we don't even know.

  14. Actually why we r doing hard still not understand why !!! life is simple but peoples expectation from us is so high then we forget ourselves and start doing what they want, so we have to recheck our life where it's going on..

  15. Just come back from staying with my wife's family in Chiang Rai and it really is like that. Very chilled very easy and such a lovely atmosphere

  16. Capitalism doesn't like it. In case of real life, it is just an ideal cannot adapt or adjust into real life because we all were influenced by Capitalism system already and it's quite hard to separate your life stay away from it.

  17. You are so selfish!!, not helping science and technology. The people who hard work in Bangkok are the people who made our life expectancy 35 to 75. Anyway we all going to die in this age, work more. Dont entertain this type of negative talks.

  18. His speech is powerful,

    But in end we,the readers are not him,We could not say ok i want simple life,i dont like this crap,i dont like this system,then what then? Run and be irresponsible ? Dude we nees to survive we need to work to pay bills,to pay loads,to pay credit cards.
    Everything cost money.

    We must do one thing:

    We should not forget to live.
    Bcos life keep spinning no matter what.

  19. This is my idea of being successful—be a nobody! Just be ordinary, nobody, and life will be a tremendous joy to you. Just be simple. Don’t create complexities around yourself. Don’t create demands. Whatever comes on its own, receive it as a gift, and enjoy and delight in it. And millions are the joys that are being showered on you, but because of your demanding mind, you cannot see them. Your mind is in such a hurry to be successful, to be somebody special, that you miss all the glory that is just available

  20. Huh, I thought I was the only one who thought this. I honestly think that living could be very easy, but everything is so complicated. I don't need much. I only need food, water, shelter, warmth, and something that makes me happy. I've been wanting to live in the wilderness for about a year now. The normal life style doesn't appeal to me, I don't want to work long hours for the rest of my life! I just happened to be born, and I want to live my life how I want to! Why should I be like everyone else if it doesn't make me happy? A unhappy life is a wasted one. I think I would have a lot to be proud of if I made everything myself.

    I just wish I knew where to start. I know I can't learn how to build a cabin and how to stay alive out in the woods just my reading books and watching videos. I also have to get some sort of starter job to buy some land 'cuz you can't just start living anywhere. My mom thinks i'm crazy for not wanting a job, but I think if I really work hard, I can achieve this dream. I also really want to travel the world and see how other people live, but I'll need a good job for that because that is expensive. So I'm kind of at a crossroads here.

  21. We are part of the system,we made this kind of system,so if you gonna blame those system,then why not blame outselves? Right?Simple 😅

  22. I’m so humbled to have stumbled upon this TEDx talk. 🙏🏽 lately I have been feeling very content about my life because I do not have to strive much towards being like someone else who has all these possessions. He is so right about Clothes, we need to purchase them only when we need them not because we like them. It’s honestly sad that most of us go on in life to try to keep up with fashion and trends . Living in simplicity is the most amazing thing

  23. Choice, if we choose to want and desire stuff it comes at a cost. This guy choose that 30 years hard working for a home with running water, electricity ect didn't not figure out in comparison to what he had left behind. He looks very happy has plenty to eat and his clothes look fine to me. To consider such a lifestyle change sounds like bliss but for me I would need to be de-programmed from all the stimulus that my being is now accustomed too. Would like to visit where he comes from though.

  24. I think it is not about choice, a lot of people were born to leave the hard way, born in a city so they don't know how to leave in the rural area. Even that is hard, it is still their comfort zone. All the stress, came from desire to have more. With no desire, you won't progress, you stay where you are. that is the reason until now, there are still countries that are so poor. Easy or hard, it is life. A person can't choose what he is born with, rich or poor, but he can choose to stay or not to stay within his comfort zone.

  25. Thank u for this talk.. This has been my hunger for a long time… Figuring out how to go back to basic in this complicated world.. And live simply mindful of your Creator.. How to give glory in living a mission that He has instill in us..Thank you Sir for this amazing talk.. I salute you for your courage to share this to others… I pray that one day I can go to your place and personally congratulate ang thank you! God bless you big time!!! Yuhooo!!!

  26. i have been disconnected from the system for 7 years now and everything he said is totally confirmed.. Also; i can make a huge house in less than 6 months that could be worth between 2 to 3 million USD for less than 7Thousand USD… Am surprised to find that title cause after this huge disconnection i come up with a phrase too.. Life is not Difficult, is we the humans who are Addicted in Complicating our lives… We're good at setting and achieving Careers, but we are wayyy better Creating Obstacles…..

  27. What will happen if Thomas Edison was thinking the same way ,we don,t have light at night.we don't have cellular phone,so we can't watch Ted x .

  28. D simple life he lives, d simple words he delivered, d simple content he has, d simple outfit he wears, is what makes his presentation d most appealing n fascinating

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