Is Peaceful Synonymous with Simplicity?

Posted: August 3, 2010 in Life Musings
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What creates a feeling of peace, and being settled?

Everyone is chasing the elusive feeling of being at peace with themselves. Religious Jews sometimes think they found it in God, other religious denominations in whatever faith they cling to. People use things like chasing money, sex and a party life to feel something, even though that may or may not bring them what they are looking for. To say for sure one way or the other would be silly; every person is deifferent.

Saturday afternoon a friend of mine asked me to come with him to the East Hamptons for an opening of a show at an art gallery. I’d actually never been out there before, and it was interesting how 20% of the cars on the slow moving hamptons road were either Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s, Audi R8’s, Roll’s Royce Etc. Definitely seems like a scene out of Beverly Hills. Then we got to the gallery. The crowd was very hipsterish, mostly gay, not my crowd at all.

After we left the gallery we had dinner at the home of the gallery’s owner. This dude owns a plane and is rolling in money. His house was a really small cabin with a nice backyard with 2 guest cabins, a simple pool, and a patio area. Terrence Koh was there with his husband. Odd dude. Took a vow of silence apparently. I found out when he introduced himself to me and gestured a hello. Interviewed Lady Gaga a while back, not sure how he did that without speaking.

Anyway back to the house of this art gallery guy. Everything was overly simple. Not in the stylish modernistic way, but just simple. The bathroom had a toothbrush, soap, towel, and toilet paper. Nothing else. And it was very peaceful. I could’ve shut off my phone, closed my laptop, and just chilled with food and beer for a week there. And I’m usually mad jumpy without that shit.

I don’t know what it was, it was just peaceful. The only other place that was that peaceful was Tzfat on a Friday night.

Can anyone pinpoint what makes a place peaceful?

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