“Assuming you have something relatively solid and stable to settle yourself on (a planet will do), the basic requirements you need are: air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, a shelter to shield you from the elements, clothing to hide your naughty bits, company (invisible, i.e., spiritual or otherwise) as a reference to stop you from going nuts, and physical animal warmth, i.e., love, especially in your formative years (optional, but deprivation not highly recommended).
Whenever you find yourself in a tizz about not having enough material comfort in your life, run this checklist. If all points get a check, you’re doing fine, and may your perspective return swiftly. If any of the points get an x, you’d better get busy or you’ll die. It’s that simple.”
Stephen Russell, in “Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the TAO”
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