What-Makes-You-Happy Project (1) : Martin, France

When I was traveling in Auroville, Pondicherry, I was staying in a Permaculture farm, which is experimenting to make forestry-like-self-sustaining agriculture system, so it can provide food for residents with the least human intervention.

Martin is a long-term volunteer there. He works for the farm in exchange for free accommodation and food. He is 32 years old. He hasn’t had a proper job till date.

He was studying in Anthropology, which allowed him to travel around the world. For the past 7 years, he has lived all over Southeast Asia. While he was half way through his PhD degree last year, he ditched his studies. ” I was not planning work in a University, why would I need to finish writing the stupid thesis? ” He explained.

He spend a year living with a tribe in a jungle in Indonesia. “People think tribe people are poor, they have to work hard to earn food, but that’s wrong. They are happy, the jungle provides them fruits, they can go hunting as they want. They have more free time, better relationship with community members.”

He said, He could not live in Europe where people work for mere “survival”: work like a dog, to pay for rent, food, transportation. then routine of life goes on. Where in Asia, he can do things as he likes, life is simple but happy.


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