As one traverses rural India at the speed of a couple of miles per hour, it becomes clear how much we could learn simply by bearing witness to the villagers’ way of life.
Their entire mental model is different—the multiplication of wants is replaced by the basic fulfillment of human needs. When you are no longer preoccupied with asking for more and more stuff, then you just take what is given and give what is taken. Life is simple again.
A farmer can explain it this way: “You cannot make the clouds rain more, you cannot make the sun shine less. They are just nature’s gifts—take it or leave it.