These are lines from The Man Nobody Knows
There are two seas in Palestine. One is fresh, and fish are in it. Splashes of green adorn its banks. Trees spread their branches over it and stretch out their thirsty roots to sip of its healing waters.
…The River Jordan makes this sea with sparkling water from the hills. So it laughs in the sunshine. And men build their houses near to it, and birds build their nests; and every kind of life is happier because it is there.
The River Jordan flows on South into another sea. Here is no splash of fish, no fluttering leaf, no song of birds, no children’s laughter. Travellers choose another route, unless on urgent business. The air hangs heavy above its water, and neither man nor beast nor fowl will drink.
What makes this mighty difference in these neighbour seas? Not the River Jordan. It empties the same good water into both. Not the soil in which they lie: not in the country round about.
This is the difference. The Sea of Galilee receives but does not keep the Jordan. For every drop that flows into it another drop flows out. The giving and receiving go on in equal measure.
The other sea is shrewder, hoarding its income jealously. It will not be tempted into any generous impulse. Every drop it gets, it keeps.
The Sea of Galilee gives and lives. The other sea gives nothing. It is named the Dead.
There are two kinds of people in this world. There are two seas in Palestine.
I came across this passage today and it resonated with me on many levels. It seems relevant to Minimalism because if we hoard our possessions, longer than we have need, our homes become stagnant, stinking and decaying like the Dead Sea. Emotionally, this impacts on us and those who live with us, we hold onto the dead things from the past, we can’t move forwards. We have money tied up in stuff, so we can’t use it to help other people.
If we follow the practice of Minimalism, then stuff follows its natural life cycle. We bring it in, only as needed, it gives life and enhances it for its allotted time, but then we pass it on. Then hopefully, it can be useful to someone else. This makes the whole world happier because we are sharing and using less resources.
There are two kinds of people in this world, those who are Minimalists and those who are not! 😉