When I buy something, when you buy something, you’re not paying money for it. You’re paying for the hours of your life you had to spend earning that money. The difference is that life is one thing that money can’t buy. Life only gets shorter. And it is pitiful to waste one’s life and freedom that way.
– Jose Mujica, former president of Uruguay, in the film, “Human”
So, consumerism is a “life / time” trap, according to Jose Mujica. He left office in 2015 with a 70 percent approval rating. He donated 90 percent of his income to charity, and he refused a presidential jet so Uruguay could buy a medical helicopter.
Watch the interview with Mujica and others, by filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand for Human the Movie, here.
The film isn’t playing in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, but I sure wish it was.