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Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?

by papidave (Pilgrim)
on Feb 02, 2010 at 16:12 UTC ( #820970=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to What level of existential comfort do you require?

I'm not sure I can adequately relate to the term "require." I've witnessed enough poverty (both in the US and abroad) that I have a hard time justifying a requirement for more than
  1. clean drinking water, and sufficient food to meet my nutritional requirements
  2. sufficient space to successfully obtain a full-night's sleep
  3. comfortable temperature, possibly accomplished through bedding or at least a decent climate
  4. clean sanitary facilities (latrine, bathing)
  5. some method for keeping the insects and reptiles away while I sleep.

  6. This would probably leave me in better accommodations than a large percentage of the world population. Having said that, if we're talking about the amount required to be satisfied, I'd probably bump those requirements up slightly and add
  7. a source of positive social interaction, and
  8. high-speed internet access
to the list.
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Re^2: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by spartan (Pilgrim) on Feb 04, 2010 at 17:42 UTC
    I agree, but perhaps to a lesser extent, which is why I chose any port in a storm. Perhaps I am just feeling particularly melancholy today, but the "require" in the question says to me: What do you need to survive? I would expect most of us can survive in quite appalling conditions; so any level of comfort above perhaps some type of shelter and warm clothing would be considered a luxury.

    Very funny Scotty... Now PLEASE beam down my PANTS!

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