‘Before, I thought that stupid people like me … cannot have a house … because people who are cleverer than me and get a job, they need to work for 30 years to have a house. But for me, who cannot finish university, how can I have a house? It’s hopeless for people who have low education like me. But when I start to do earthen buildings, it’s so easy! I spent two hours per day … and in 3 months I have a house. A friend who was the most clever in the class, he has a house too, but he has to be in debt for 30 years. So compared to him I have 29 years and 10 months of free time. I feel life is so easy.’
Jon Jandai’s simple language knocked me off my socks. His is of the best TED Talks I’ve seen. And it does beg a question, I believe: how can we live a self-sustaining life, free to shape it in our own best way, when nearly every single square centimeter on Earth has been claimed as property?
Photo: Bart van Baardwijk