There is a movement taking place, of writers and artists and thinkers and creatives, musicians and activists. People shunning conventions and constraints, boundaries of time and place. Of course, this has always been so. There have been free-spirits and travellers, millennia of nomads. Now it’s different. Less a continuation of a tradition, but a separation; a tearing apart of norms, codes and dearly held beliefs.
This movement has left the institutions, the cities, the parks. There are no placards. The crowds are moving silently, almost imperceptibly. They are not young and angry, but ageless and carefree. Unconcerned with lessons from the past, they look to the future with a global perspective.
To attempt to define or classify them is to miss the point: digital nomads, vanlifers, minimalists, voluntary simplifiers, world schoolers, off-gridders, tiny housers. It is their motivations which create the vast and growing community.
Their unstated aim is to bring about change, but not by creating it, by living it. They are the change. They have changed. They have moved on from the old politics. They aim to learn from the world, empirically, experientially.
They are frugal, having worked hard to understand their needs and priorities, but not lacking. Their income is small and matches their minimal outgoings. They shun traditional forms of employment, tending to favour multiple, low income streams.
They live simply and lightly, keen to reduce their environmental impact. Their focus is contentment, rather than excitement. They are self-reflective but not self-absorbed. They care deeply about humanity and the planet, and seek a greater connection with others and nature.
I’d like to join them. Would you?