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

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

  2. 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

  3. 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

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

  5. 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…….

  6. 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.

  7. This gentleman is wise. We have to differentiate from need and want. If you let your wants to control you, you are in trouble.

  8. Just like Thoreau said. We complicate life way to much. SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE. Yes he said it three times and so should we all. To have a fullfilling life is to be simple

  9. I appreciate what this man is saying. It's true that as a society humans have made life very difficult for themselves and we are trapped in a system that is nigh on impossible to escape from. I'd love to follow his advice and live a simple life but what's frustrating is when he says things like, "just build a house, it's easy". Well, don't you think we'd all love to do exactly that? We don't all have the privilege of just being able to build our own home from our home-made bricks on our half-acre plot of land in Britain. You know how much land costs here? How many building regulations there are? I'm happy for him that he can just go back home and do those things but unless there's some catastrophic event that sends the western world back to the stone age, it's not going to happen here. Sorry Mr, you're simple way of viewing life is very endearing but we are not as fortunate as you.

  10. Aww soo true. Unfortunatly in Canada we can not live in simple hand built houses. We have regulations ( + it gets dangerously cold ). Government wont less us live simply.

  11. I think cell phones are a wonderful invention, but I think it's one of the biggest reasons for disconnect in our society today in my opinion. Just look around, I think people would take their phones into the shower if they could. This guy is spot on in so many ways, great speech !

  12. his speech makes me want to quit studying, following the path of being a person in this civillized system. its makes me want to live just a simple and modest life, isolated from this severe and harsh society.

  13. Happy with what is available Comes from a Buddhist foundation, while living life is based on a principle, that is living in perfect life.

  14. I think this guy is kinda lazy though, he said that people in the city work hard and they become depressed but let's think on the other side. If he lives like that, in the last 5 years of his life, he won't afford to take care for his health because he doesn't have enough money. The main reason causing people in the city get stressed is not because of work but because they don't have opportunity to socialize with each other.

  15. This way of life is more about the future than some idealized past. Let the robots come. Let AI take over. Let condo prices in San Francisco or Honolulu skyrocket. Unless you are a key player in society's better future….take the speaker's advice and live your own life.

  16. so the question now is either how can we change capitalism and the system or how can we escape capitalismn and the system to live the normal way

  17. The best Ted talks, for you who own the land from your growth but I don't have my own land so that's the reason of hard working and then we can own the land to build my dream as you did.

  18. This guy would freak out in a place in like California (or Canada) where there are regulations galore. Heck, in some cities there are bylaws against collecting rainwater. Not to mention that today's governments want you to rely on THEM, instead of yourself. Everyone is a 'victim' and 'helpless' in today's leftist ideology.

  19. Life is easy and fun. I got to take his quote and say it everyday!!!. Life is easy and fun!!!
    I think he is very talented maybe that why easy. ..however I must say he has a good attitude…

  20. Good is simply and make it easy…but now we are running to ..various goals more than. Life’s need…

  21. I agree with most of the philosophy. But you really cannot oversimplify everything. You don't need a house to live in Thailand, nature is rich and the climate is warm. If I don't have house here in the north, I die. And I cannot simply build a house where ever, I need permission to use the land. And I need to insulate my house against the snow and wind, these are much harder and expensive to do than just build something from clay brick and straw.

    I guess we could all go to Thailand, that's where the rich white folk go to retire anyway.

  22. Fully agree with each and every words . Really we are uncivilized . we are wasting half of life to live comfort life.earn anxiety, mentally problem and depress in the cost of money

  23. Hes the rich one, he has land, born into a village where the could take land. Us, born in cities, bricks and concrete, land being scarce

  24. This is unbelievable someone is saying this. It is difficult to find, things like this, that tell exactly what makes sense a person would say about the present way of the world.

  25. I used to like this talk when I first watched it years ago. But when I got to learn more about this man, I realize that he has become a millionaire and is making tons of money off his high-priced products from his farm, restaurant, wellness/learning center, workshops, etc., I'm not sure what to think of him. He still lives in northern Thailand but I don't know what "simple" means to him anymore.

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  27. 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 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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