Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Less is More

I collected this book, that I had reserved, from the library today Less is More by Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska...

...I think I am going to really enjoy it. It is full of essays by lots of people on various aspects of simplicity...perhaps in a similar style to Scott Savage's The Plain Reader.

Here are some 'bits' from it to entice you to read it:

*What is Simplicity? Simplicity is a complex concept, but at the core is voluntary limitation of our outer wealth so we can have greater inner wealth.*

*Most people see Simplicity as being only about frugality, and while that's a key element, it's something much wider. Simplicity is a lense through which to view all of life.*

* A theme all of our writers echo - our lack of connection with each other..."in place of our dependence on one another for support, today, wherever possible, we tend to rely on machines and services. We find modern living organised so that it demands the least possible direct dependence on others...we find a high degree of loneliness and alienation"*

*What we'll find our authors saying is that we're happier and more fulfilled when we limit our outer riches. It's not about impoverishment - where people do not have enough - particulary enough food, or shelter or safety. It's about everyone having enough. Simplicity is about having enough, but not too much. Affluence...brings inner, spiritual impoverishment.*

and lastly,

*..."live simply so others may simply live",as Elizabeth Seton (1774-1821)...said.*

And that's just from the introduction :o)

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