The Best Olive Dove Posts of 2011

Firework photomontage

Post Written by Olive Dove

These posts reflect how much I have gained and evolved in my knowledge and worldviews in 2011.  I’m glad to be part of the community to share and grow with like-minded community members.  

The following are the best Olive Dove posts of 2011 (in no specific order):

  1. Quick Guide to Linux
  2. Bodhi Linux: First Impressions (the most read and shared post in 2011)
  3. The Facebook-exclusive Snaptu
  4. Snaptu - Alternative Software for Mobile Internet
  5. Contented Life
  6. Needs and Wants
  7. Our Pride and Values
  8. Alternative Routes in Life
  9. Freedom to Live A Desired Lifestyle
  10. Downsides of Minimalism (via mnmlist)

Have a blessed and fruitful 2012!  

Photo:  By Billy Hicks (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Smart Consumerism

Post written by Olive Dove

Consumerism is not evil in a free market economy for it spurs continuous growth.

Smart consumerism is when consumers spend sensibly without generating excessive non-collateral loans like credit card debts and personal loans.  

Ignorant consumerism that has its roots in personal and corporate greed, and irresponsible predatory market behaviors is like quicksand that devour anything that falls into it.  Ignorant consumerism provides immediate gratifications but inflicts great pains in the long run.

Indulgence in so-called shopping therapy is the start of being an ignorant consumer.  

Occupy Christmas! Rethinking and refuting the general perceptions of Christmas as a season for shopping for material goods.  Why don’t we shop for spiritual gifts that would enrich our mind and soul?  Moreover, the greatest Gift for all mankind is free!  
Seek, you will find His unconditional Love.

Photo:  By Christian Science Monitor

Occupy Christmas! Rethinking and refuting the general perceptions of Christmas as a season for shopping for material goods.  Why don’t we shop for spiritual gifts that would enrich our mind and soul?  Moreover, the greatest Gift for all mankind is free!  

Seek, you will find His unconditional Love.

Photo:  By Christian Science Monitor

Contented Life

Post written by Olive Dove

Knowing what you need to live a contented non-consumerism-driven life and doing your best to get them is more important than keeping up to the Joneses. If you fail to achieve something after putting in your best efforts does not mean you are a loser.

Thinking about what you can live without without compromising quality of life is better than endless quests for material gains.  Voluntary simple living does not mean you are a slacker.  You are wiser than most people who are in the rat race just to keep up with media-hyped trends and contemporary fashions.

Being contented is the best way of life or the life will consume you.