Re: Self-Sufficiency vs. Comfort
Just a comment: feudalism wasn't always an excuse for kings and robber barons to oppress the peasants. There was a time feudalism wasn't the clandestine counterfeit it is today.
There was a time when just and wise kings ruled and everyone knew and accepted their place in the hierarchy. There was a reason for everyone to be in that particular place and that reason wasn't made up by neither kings nor peasants.
Feudalism can be a good system, provided the right people are in the right places, where everyone knows his worth and everyone's contribution is needed and appreciated.
Three things are sacred to me: first Truth, and then, in its tracks, primordial prayer; Then virtue–nobility of soul which, in God walks on the path of beauty. Frithjof Schuon