Nobody like being alone; people crave for companionship and community. In one of my previous posts about small house living I have been writing about why you should build and live in a small house, however in this post I would like to raise some points about how living in a small house can give us a chance for a better way of life.
With today’s high-tech cellphones and the Internet people are more likely to connect with one another by means of technological devices. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still think the Internet is a wonderful tool, but still it cannot replace the human touch.
Have you ever wandered why online communities are so successful? That’s because people are trying to fill in on what they have been missing in their daily lives; trying to make a connection with other people who share the same interests and thoughts. Already now people are seeking a friendlier, people-oriented way of living based on communities.
My partner and I are renting a small (compared to American standards), semi-detached home in a small neighborhood. We have been living here for almost 7 years now and during that time we have gotten to know most of our neighbors; people are much more spontaneous, stopping by to chat on the street, sharing cups of sugar and stuff and if you encounter any problem there’s always someone to lend a hand – Now, don’t get me wrong I think that privacy is sacred but there’s still room to form a small, friendly community based on where we live.
When I think about large mansion houses in American neighborhoods, I cant help but think about the distance between those large houses and the people living in them. Most people don’t know their neighbors. Moreover, since the neighborhoods themselves are so large they are also quite distant from one another so people usually drive their cars in order to move around instead of walking and getting to know the areas they live in.
Small houses have smaller impact on the environment, they require low costs to build and maintain and in most cases, stop us from spending our money on things we don’t really need. That is why I believe small houses will give us a chance to positively affect our lives and the world around us.