What is Jet Set Citizen About?

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Now that I am starting to have a solid base of articles published on this blog, I think it is a good time to explain exactly what it is that I am trying to convey. If you have read my posts you will probably notice that I cover many popular topics that are addressed by much bigger and more successful bloggers. Those ideas include: lifestyle design, productivity, outsourcing, travel, simplifying our lives, technology, teaching English abroad, economics, history, investment, entrepreneurship, idea economy and probably many other topics yet to come.

Out of that hodgepodge of ideas I hope an underlying theme will start to emerge. That central belief is that our lives are just a bunch of ideas and those ideas are rapidly morphing into things we can’t yet fathom. Every one of us has the amazing opportunity to work and live almost anywhere on this planet. Every barrier of age, education and race has been or is being pummeled deep into oblivion. America has a black president. Philippine outsourcers are working for $2 per hour as virtual assistants to ordinary people around the globe. Millions of people are collaborating and sharing online in ways that still astound me every single day.

We living in amazing times with huge opportunities. Yet the pace we are destroying our planet is also frightening. It is likely that ocean fish will be extinct in 50 years. Think about that, no more wild fish in the oceans. We are polluting the environment so badly that in the next couple of decades, water will be scarcer than oil. Think about that, no clean drinking water. In addition, how many cities, even countries will be submerged with the melting of polar ice caps? These catastrophes are not fiction. They are facts.

We live in both exciting and foreboding times. Technology has brought the world closer together, just in time to watch its collapse. There are still great opportunities ahead, I just hope there is something left for our grandchildren to enjoy.

JetSetCitizen.com is about pursuing personal excellence in our own lives while making a contribution to our fellow global citizens. Artificial barriers of nations, politics and religions matter less and less. We need to celebrate humanity globally. Stop blaming the politicians and corporations. Vote with your wallet and curtail consumption of physical goods. Buy knowledge and experiences, not things. Contribute your time and money to causes you believe in and strive to leave the world in a little better place because you were here. Turn off your TV and do something, do anything. We need to stop turning off our brains. This is such a great time to be alive, yet so many of us are lost in a stupor in front of our new flat panel TVs.

Success is not measured by the size of your house, cars or possessions. It is measured by your contribution to family, friends and fellow citizens of the world. New and better tools are constantly improving to help us connect and engage with the entire world. The world is truly at our feet. We can choose to use, abuse and discard the nature and beauty around us or we can take the time to see what we have been missing. JetSetCitizen.com is an examination into living life at its fullest, while minimizing our environmental footprints. It is a hope that some of our greed and over-indulgence can be channeled into something more positive, exciting and rewarding.

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My name is John Bardos. My wife and I gave up our business, house and possessions in Japan to search for more meaning and fulfillment in our lives. We've discovered that a satisfying life is about rich experiences, quality relationships and meaningful contribution, NOT consumption.

2 Responses to What is Jet Set Citizen About?

  1. Dogpooh says:

    Guys like you get right up my ass. It’s all about propagating a twisted American dream where every bugger gets to live their dream, coated in a thin veneer of political correctness. Get real!

    • John says:

      Thanks for reading my post!

      As it happens, I am currently reading a great book that may be up your alley, The European Dream, by Jeremy Rifkin. Rifkin talks about how the American dream is based on centuries old European ideas like the Protestant work ethic. Whereas Europeans grew out of their religiosity and developed new ideas for the organization of society. America is still locked in the past.

      “The American Dream puts an emphasis on economic growth, personal wealth, and independence. The new European Dream focuses more on sustainable development, quality of life, and interdependence. The American Dream pays homage to the work ethic. The European Dream is more attuned to leisure and deep play.”

      That quote doesn’t do the book justice. You may want to check it out.

      Thanks again, I much prefer criticism to compliments. It helps me improve my thinking. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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