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athgarvan

A MAN OF THE PEOPLE

I've been reading about José Mujica, former President of Uruguay (2010-2015). A true maverick apparently, the "world's poorest President".

The poor, he says, are not those who have little, but those who want much. He advocates sobriety. We have created a consumer society, he says, a mountain of superfluous needs, shopping for new, discarding the old ... that is a waste of our lives. When we buy something , we're not paying money for it, we are paying with the hours of living we had to spend earning that money. Life is the one thing money can't buy.

He donated 90% of his salary to charity, lived on his wife's farm, drove a 1987 VW 'Beetle', and was shot 6 times, put in jail for 14 years, because he opposed Uruquay's former dictatorship.

He takes his turn at the doctor's!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Mujica

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Come across him before. He's an intriguing character.

Poverty is a mystery in some ways. I was raised in a poor family and only found out we were poor when someone told me. It didn't feel like that as we had enough and didn't owe anyone anything.......
glad you are back
i was a bit worried at your absence

interesting man - with an interesting history
perhaps it takes suffering to arrive at the place he is in