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)

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. I am living like this guy right now. I worked 3 days a week, debt free. But the only problem is that I hated my job. I will soon find a new one here in Town. U can live a simple life, first just minimizes all the important things that you need, and give away what you haven't used or packed away. Stop spending and charging on credit cards. U don't need big home, if you have to go away for hours at a time and just paying for your house. For What? Live for what u believed in and instead for pay check for things. We now, are safe to society because of modern world we are in today. U can be free and have time for yourself and family. Less stress too.

  2. Life isn't easy. This society we live is restricts our pursuit of happiness. Barely giving the majority of us enough to live let alone happily raise a family.

  3. Wow! He actually makes sense, so for all the times people look down on me for not being with it or up to date, I’m actually really not the problem they were..😂 Thanks buddy ur speech is eye opening for people like me! ❤️🙏🏻

  4. Wao this is the most inspiring and true face I m seeing ever in my life.. I got no words to describe his simplicity.. By far the best human on this earth ❤️❤️

  5. I have so many doubts. Is this man married with childs? What is the criminality rate on his city? How is the health system in that country? Is he not going to get bored living such a simple life? Are their friends still living close to them so he can still meet them? Is his wife not going to leave him for not being abitious for success? Is his child going to be happy living like that when she will have to be in the system? Is that country not going to become more expensive in a couple of years so they don't have to worried to keep covering their basic needs?

  6. This man has got me asking myself many questions, I wonder what ive been doing all along was worth while or I just complicated my life…now am trapped😱

  7. Best Ted Talk. He simply relalised how to F**k the system. Big respect to this beautiful soul.😇❤😍👌🏼

  8. Fighting for resources is a natural thing to do. You can choose to live differently but getting rich and powerful is what everyone inherently aspire

  9. Well said! The problem is with the whole system.

    Which exploits people to benefit only the rich and politicians.

    It is worse than monarchy

  10. You should never be forced to do anything in life. Work is forced on most people and that’s the problem.

  11. So pretty much what hes saying is dont give a fuk about others.. and just do what you want in life wether you drop out of college or continue to hustle…cuz in the end of the day what matters is what you want.

  12. say "Life is easy" to a person suffering from chronic Multiple sclerosis and who's mother is Alzheimer patient and his son died on a car accident.

  13. "Give us this last man, O Zarathustra" – they called out – "Make us into these last men! Then will we make you a present of the overman!" And all the people laughed and clucked with their tongues. 

    This comment section seems to be full of the same people. If you know what I mean.

  14. Stay plain and simple.. don't act like a lizard,forcing himself to embrace the lamp post eventhough he can't. Be contented of what you have. That's the point of this speech.

  15. Yes, it is up to us to decide if we want a complicated life or an easier one. It seems to me that he forces his point of view a bit too strongly on those that don't have an 'easy' lifestyle. What if someone is happy doing what they love doing? What if they make a living doing what they love and are not miserable?

    He said that he's free to do whatever he wants. Well if he would want to travel the world, how can he do it if money is scarce? He can't.
    No, architects are not worthless. They are the ones that bring progress and innovation to humanity. Without this kind of people, he wouldn't be standing there on a TEDx platform delivering his message.

    I wouldn't listen to him because his talk is only a reflection of his ideal world where he imposes his happiness on others.

    It's like saying 'my happiness is better than your happiness because my life is simpler, I harvest rice and eat it and sell it and that's how I live. Y'all eating from Subway and Wendy's. See how I live? My happiness, not your happiness. You can't be happy doing this or that because it doesn't involve building dirt houses or wearing 30 year-old clothes.'

    Apart from that, the only thing I would agree on is not following the crowd. That could be detrimental to one's liberty and choices.

    Just my opinion, lol

  16. our life depends on our imagination & our dreams. hence see that dream as you want life. so everybody has a choice that, they make life simple or hard.

  17. Was with him right up until he said sickness is the result of wrongdoing and you can use earth and water to heal.

  18. I wouldnt mind having my own Farm and build my own House, but Farms and/or Land costs a couple hundred thousands where I live, and there are a tooooon of regulations for Building something and even buying Farmland 🙁
    Currently in University and sad

  19. The title of this video is literally what i keep saying , just in my own way " Why do people make things harder than they should be "

    In majority of times people overthink, overwork, overjudge and forget to stop for a moment to think how to make things simple and to the point without doing overly complex decisions that only make things more complicated in the result.

    Sometimes it's really important to just back out a little and see things from greater perspective, not having that tunnel vision of " Its only possible the hard way "

  20. I love this man's simplicity and the consideration is as same as my perspective. Have a good time. It's so easy if you don't go compulsively.

  21. Well said bro. You are the one having the real brain ,not these well suited peaple who are sitting before you.

  22. "live in a mud hut and die from whatever ailments you suffer" hmmm, yeah. yeah. that actually sounds a lot better than my 9 to 5 job.

  23. all I want in life is to be doing something that i don't hate, preferably a business so that I'm not depending on someone else directly for my income, and earn just enough doing it to have a great computer, a small house or a small apartment just enough for one guy (as i am only one person) plus be able to pay for the electricity and internet bills and MAYBE if i have extra then a cheap little car but that's absolutely optional.

  24. Great talk from a wise but humble simple man.
    He has the puzzle worked out live in harmony with life and life will harmonise with you.I regularly give all my clothes away and buy very little, living a simple life is easy.

  25. My problem is which house to sleep tonight 😂

    Why we need to follow fashion? Don’t follow it, wear what you have! I have not bought clothes for 20 years. When I buy something, I buy it because I need it.

    This man has truly enlightened me!

    I feel like I can do whatever I want to do in this world.

    Learn how to make life easy because we were taught how to make life complicated 🙏

    To be happy we need to come back to ourselves. Life is easy!

  26. I saved this video right away after watching it. I wanted to hear this quite a long time now. Thanks very much, Jon, thanks very much TED Talks, thanks very much Youtube.

  27. If I had one million dollars in my account, I wouldn't hesitate a fraction giving him half a million. If you are listening to this talk free of cost, you are lucky.

  28. It is a mindset that you pursue. For some, it could be a simple down to earth life. For some it could be the endless pursuit of riches. Either way, they will look to the other end and say, the grass is greener on the other side. It is not, the grass is greener where you water them. At the end of the day, it boils down to 2 words, contentment and balance. Decisions on how you want to live your life defines you. No right or wrong. Live and let live.

  29. Because we are survival species and if went unchecked and un challenged there would be massive suicides worse then death rates today.

  30. I would love to ask him : do you think you get internet by people who worked 2 hours a day and to months in the year? Do you think your children can have a heart surgery by people who work 2 months in the year? Life is easy….when you can take advantage of knowledge from people who work 12 hours a day, 11 months per year

  31. Yeah. He’s right. Too bad people “own” land and we have to pay for something for 30 years – before buying the house for 30 years- getting an education that takes many years to a decade to pay off

  32. We have to blame those damn Ancient Sumerians for inventing agriculture and civilisation, which has caused unprecedented levels of isolation, depression and anxiety

  33. eat lots of green fiber in every meal so there is great bowel movement…..this basic change in my daily eating habit made me so much better now…….

  34. This man is so enlightened. Truly beautiful how much he cares for this planet. It will care for us right back if we just let it breathe again.

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