Simple Living & Voluntary Simplicity Features

Simple Living & Voluntary Simplicity Features

"Voluntary simplicity" has been criticized by the mainstream media as a middle-class phenomenon which doesn't do much to help the struggling poor and the working classes, and we think this argument has merit. That doesn't necessarily mean middle class folks are misguided in their quest for a new way to live; rather, we think it simply points to the necessity of combining individual approaches with social reform action aimed toward creating a society of abundance for all peoples of the world. We like the term "simple living" better. Here are a few essays from our discussion list administrator, John O. Andersen, on simplicity. Also see our links page for more online information, and check out some of our recommended books.

"By eating refined food, we're keeping ourselves on another kind of treadmill: we work harder at our jobs to pay the advertisers who entice us to buy their 'easy foods' that cost more than the real foods and have fewer nutrients, so we can pay our doctors to keep us healthy because we haven't been giving our bodies the nutrients we need."
--Janet Luhrs