Member Rara Avis
You are making my earlier point for me, gentlemen.
Yes, other life forms lead their lives differently. Some would say harder, some might say simpler. They don't have a choice, but you and I do.
Short of walking off into the woods with a knife and a few supplies (most Marines have been trained to do exactly that, John), there are still a hundred different ways to simplify your life and live it with less need for money. People who want nice houses, nice cars, a computer and the electricity to run it, are all making choices. The need to go out and find a way to pay for those choices is the price they pay.
I am absolutely convinced that anyone who wants to go fishing, write poems, and read good books can do so any time they want. They don't have to wait for God to pronounce them imminently dead. They don't need that justification.
They just have to be willing to give up something else.