The Wraith scientist mentioned in “The Gift” had enough free time to be gone long enough to build and spend time in a secret offworld lab. This suggests plenty of free time in times of peace, to do whatever they want with it, without question or scrutiny.
Think of the time saved by Wraith culture, as the average consumerist lifestyle does not apply to them:
*No McMansion mortgage payments: their shared hives are thousands of years old
*No car payments: their darts are all alike and don’t rust out. Taina’s cruiser was perfectly operational after 10,000 years, even in a high-pressure saline environment. Also, no commute or bus fare to go to work.
*No clothing debt: their clothes are timeless in their culture and echo Iratus bug patterns in Nature, no silly fads.
*No credit card debt or junk accumulation. Their rooms are minimally-furnished and they use everything they have. A lot of furniture is built-in/grown, such as benches and beds. Even throne rooms are minimalist. The beauty is in the colors and natural structures.
*No insurance costs for medical, life, health, or property.
*Probably no tuition debts: their young are probably mentored and trained by the whole hive.
*During 10,000 years of peace, there is little need for military operations or expenditures.
*No taxes or bloated government bureaucracies. If one doesn’t like the Queen or Commander in charge, there are dozens of others to affiliate with, as Todd’s crew seemed flexible and mobile, making hives more like free city states.
How can we rethink things to get more freedom to pursue our passions? Some ideas to ponder for minimalism:
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” –Will Rogers
“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.” –Henry David Thoreau
“The average American home size has doubled in the past 50 years. Still 10% of households rent offsite storage and 25% of homeowners with two-car garages can’t park cars in them. 76% of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck. And the average US household credit card debt stands at $15,191.” Source:
3 Questions to Ask Before Making Any Purchase http://www.becomingminimalist.com/question-purchases/
Why You Should Buy Less House Than You Can Afford http://www.thesimpledollar.com/why-you-should-buy-less-house-than-you-can-afford/
Why a longer commute is rarely worth it http://www.tomrath.org/commuting-worth-trade-offs/
Simple Living and Voluntary Simplicity: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_living
If you are looking to simplify, reclaim your garage, and/or get rid of storage rent costs, consider selling the items, consigning them, donating them to resale shops or charities for tax credits, giving them away free on sites such as Freecyle, or recycling them if no one will take them. If you already over-bought on a house and/or car, consider consulting financial advice before selling or trading them, in case of tax events or loan penalties, depending on your country’s tax rules. Yet another reason not to over-buy.