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Mean Wage Movement

A general overview

←← Introduction | ← Chapter 5

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Imagine you’ve decided to live on the global mean wage — roughly $10,000/year, or $833/month.

There’s an obvious problem with this idea. $833 would not even cover monthly rent/mortgage for many of my readers. …

Mean Wage Movement

Is a frugal lifestyle right for you?

←← Introduction | ← Chapter 4 | Chapter 6 → | Latest Chapter → →

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In previous chapters I explained how frugal lifestyles can help the world and described the benefits they offer.

But is this the right path for you? Is it reasonable to minimize your monetary footprint right…

Imagine leaving behind the safety of the forest!

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Based on my Pacific Crest Trail experiences in 2014–2015.
Written for the Medium Writers Challenge.

A 100-mile backpacking trip seems like a big undertaking, but this summer I’ve been doing one every week.

The most stressful part is actually the town visit between these trips.

Every day I hike in…

Mean Wage Movement

There’s more to life than money

←← Introduction | ← Chapter 3 | Chapter 5 → | Latest chapter → →

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In my early 20s I was an electrical engineer. I made $70,000/year, and my wife at the time made a similar amount. No kids, no debt, a brand new car fully paid off — money…

The Jesus tulpa

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We’ve all met people who claim to have a vibrant personal relationship with Jesus.

Even as a Christian, this was hard for me to understand. No matter how much I tried to talk to Jesus, I never heard anything back, and I envied those who did.

How was I supposed…

Mean Wage Movement

Connecting economy and ecology

←← Introduction | ← Chapter 2 | Chapter 4 → | Latest chapter → →

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According to the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, we need to cut our greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5ºC. …

Mean Wage Movement

How do we decide which issues are the most important to solve?

←← Introduction | ← Chapter 1 | Chapter 3→ | Latest chapter → →

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In the introduction, I said the world’s biggest problems were climate change and wealth inequality — and that I had an idea that could fix them.

That’s a bold claim, don’t you think? Why should you…

Mean Wage Movement

Why our planet is worth saving

Introduction | Chapter 2 → | Latest chapter → →

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“Breathable air is all around us. Life finds a way in every possible place. Liquid water covers most of the planet. Food grows out of the ground. The temperature outside is tolerable. …

Mean Wage Movement

The Mean Wage Movement — Read my new book on Medium!

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Right now is an incredible time to be alive.

After billions of years of evolution, from microbes all the way to primates, Earth finally has a self-aware species. We’ve learned how to use our intelligence in astonishing ways:

  • We have medical technology that can make life livable for those who would…

Even though I don’t think it’s the perfect solution for everyone

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I understand why people have complaints about the vegan movement. I’m not 100% on board, yet, myself.

I hate it when food goes to waste; I have often eaten animal products rather than watch them be thrown in the trash. It’s hard to insist on vegan food in certain social…

Joe Omundson

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