A nice way to look at things


Jose Mujica, the president of Uraguay, gives away 90% of his $12,000.00 a month salary to charity, and is considered the world's poorest president.
"I'm called 'the poorest president', but I don't feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more," he says.
"This is a matter of freedom. If you don't have many possessions then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself," he says.
When I consider my MIL came from poverty and is always concerned with keeping up with the Jones, I have to say that this guy knows how to live. 

In same interview, it is noted that he made a similar point at the Rio+20 summit:



"We've been talking all afternoon about sustainable development. To get the masses out of poverty.
"But what are we thinking? Do we want the model of development and consumption of the rich countries? I ask you now: what would happen to this planet if Indians would have the same proportion of cars per household than Germans? How much oxygen would we have left?
"Does this planet have enough resources so seven or eight billion can have the same level of consumption and waste that today is seen in rich societies? It is this level of hyper-consumption that is harming our planet.
Regarding other world leaders he says they have, "blind obsession to achieve growth with consumption, as if the contrary would mean the end of the world".
On another interesting note, he is a vegetarian.