Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Is It A One Size Fits All World?
Simple living (or voluntary simplicity) is a lifestyle in which individuals consciously choose to minimize the 'more-is-better' pursuit of wealth and consumption. Adherents choose simple living for a variety of reasons, including spirituality, health, increase in 'quality time' for family and friends, stress reduction, conservation, social justice or anti-consumerism, while others choose to live more simply for reasons of personal taste or personal economy.
Simple living as a concept is distinguished from those living in forced poverty, as it is a voluntary lifestyle choice. Although asceticism may resemble voluntary simplicity, proponents of simple living are not all ascetics. The term "downshifting" is often used to describe the act of moving from a lifestyle of greater consumption towards a lifestyle based on voluntary simplicity. Different ways of thinking about life...
1)"Read Ishmael" Questions and answers
2) Simple Living Network
3) 72 Ideas for Zen Habits
4) Just about everything you need to know should your world collapse
5) Gaskin's Sustainable Living Or, "The Technicolour Amish"
6) Vanity Fair visits the Gaskins farm