Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard? | Jon Jandai | TEDxDoiSuthep

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Jon is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on simple techniques to live more sustainably. Outside of Pun Pun, Jon is a leader in bringing the natural building movement to Thailand, appearing as a spokesperson on dozens of publications and TV programs for the past 10 years. He continually strives to find easier ways for people to fulfill their basic needs. For more information visit

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28 Kommentare

  1. sai santosh sagt:

    Really… Fantastic truths of human life

  2. Logan The Third sagt:

    He’s very smart …he makes his life is easy !

  3. Muhammad Usman sagt:

    I agree with him 100 percent.

  4. Pawanratn Chan sagt:

    You’re right!  I agree with you…

  5. Shyla Kanzie Avara sagt:

    just . . . Wow. . . !!

  6. Jacksson, thank you mate! But I’m sorry I only occasionally am online and don’t own a smartphone for that reason.*

    Thank you, Tommy! The company I’m employed by manufactures and sells writing material and such stuff. All the best for you!

    *To explain myself you have to see owning a smartphone is like another source of joy, gaining attention from other beings & distraction from getting no, which permanently worn makes one unconscious of how essential and therefore everything else in life depending on it became. – Some people don’t need extraordinary freedom, they get afraid of boredom (see ‚horror vacui‘). *To me it is essential to feel free,
    therefore I cannot take responsibility for owning a thread to my nature.*

  7. kokre krishna sagt:

    Choice to be easy or choice to be hard depends on ourselves……

  8. Sayan chantalee sagt:

    l am Thai-man l like you.

  9. Richard Wanich sagt:


  10. pradip chavan sagt:

    trebledc Woooow nice comment

  11. Venkatesh Duraisamy sagt:

    life is really easy to live…………… amazed

  12. Catalina Cruz sagt:

    best talk I have ever seen 🙂

  13. ชวิศ ภูวงเดือน sagt:


  14. Matthew Bay sagt:

    Capitalism is very dangerous ideology. It is based on the most destructive force in the world, greed. Greed causes war, crimes, division, inequality, poverty, hunger, slavery and so on. It holds us from uniting then drive us to Hate each other while forcing us to comepte each other rather than cooperation. It has also been busy building plutocracy society in this planet.

    Thx to this greed and capitalism we are about face an extinction whether the slow dying way or quick annihilation which is caused by plutocrats fighting over more profits from another.

  15. Manoah Ho sagt:

    Thanks. He mentioned something about life can be hard, like housing price too high, I feel a bit true, can be a little daunting. :/

  16. Tommy Unter sagt:

    That sounds incredible – what do you do for the 6 hours in work? I’m hoping to achieve a similar balance myself in London.

  17. Jacksson Feitosa sagt:

    ccommon thanks for sharing this.. I am trying to do the same. 🙂 WhatsApp me.. 55 82 988412543.

  18. suraj punjabi sagt:

    this is all great and inspiring. some of the things he says are also profound. HOWEVER, how did he build so many houses for himself? on whose land were those houses built? his land? how did he get to own so much land? he must be very rich. moral:life is easy if u have a lot of land. u can make ur own house bt try making ur own land. and lets see how easy ur life becomes when the government steps in and asks for papers of the houses u built for yourself.

  19. I’m from Germany

  20. Nguyễn Thịnh sagt:

    ccommon are u come from Belgium?

  21. necrOothic sagt:

    When listenning to him, doesn’t seem like he’s a bit narcissist, but i don’t know why. I think his purpose was just so that people could hear him, but not asking for some help.

  22. Gayeong Cha sagt:

    Thanks for your comment and your affection to our culture. Yes, because of high expectation I also needed to attend school from 7am – 10pm / after school about from 11pm to 2am when I was high school student and almost every friend who hung out with me had spent same routine with me. study and study for better uni and life. and once we get a job? then we need to work hard too. i was sick and tired of competitive life so i quited my job and have come to Australia for rest and more degree.

  23. Gayeong Cha as soon as i watched this video, i remember your country. I’m fan of korean culture so i watched a lot of videos about korea. It’s surprised me that korean are so hardworking people. Even student go home late at night. You must got into the prestigious so people will take yoh seriously. Beside that korean are so obsessed about materials and so superficial. It’s so tough.

  24. J Gregory Graves sagt:

    I think this guy is happy because he trusts himself, relies on himself and lives according to his own standards. Living like this frees you from the never ending cycle of blame and it’s inherent process of self induced victim-hood. He’s his own man, he might not be everyone’s man … but he’s his own man and for that reason I think he is one of the most successful people in the world.

  25. chuk owoh sagt:

    Gayeong Cha you said everything that was on my mind! 100% agreed!

  26. Gayeong Cha sagt:

    I also lived in series of competitions in Korean society. I was always worried about my future and compared my life to others who owned more than me. That made me unhappy….. I always wanted to be the winner… Even though, I got what I always dreamed of… I was unhappy…Success doesn’t make our life happy….. Money is just nothing….
    I absolutely agree with him.
    Parents need to teach their children happiness without competition…. Rising rate of suicide can be lowered if people change their thought….

  27. all you need is food house medicine & clothing nothing else, life became hard when people decided to make life convinient and fast.

  28. I’m 24 years old, living in the heart of Europe in a flat with my mate
    I quit university, 2 times!
    Then I asked for a job at the company next door.
    Now I’m working 1/2 minute from home 6 hours a day, don’t need smartphone, nor a car. I know the people around me well. I’m earning about 1000 a month and it is much more than i need. I have half of the day for my own. Then I read from Heraclitus over Nietzsche to C.G.Jung. I feel my consciousness/attention along my inner peace is growing constantly 🙂

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