Book summary of the Voluntary Simplicity book by Duane Elgin, simple living tips, choosing voluntary simplicity, the history of simplicity, and. by. Duane Elgin. · Rating details · 1, ratings · reviews. When Voluntary Simplicity was first published in , it quickly became recognized as a. Duane Elgin (born ) is an American author, speaker, educator, consultant, and media . Elgin, Duane, Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich, (published in three editions, , , ), .

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The challenges he presents are daunting; he handles them compassionately, thoughtfully, with a good degree of inspiration. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Most of my friends and neighbors just think I live like a hippie.

The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry man; the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to the man who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the man who has not shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor. There is no one who can take our place. This requires that we not only pay attention to the actions we take in the outer world, but also that we pay attention to ourselves acting-our inner world.

I don’t doubt the need for simplicity and will read more books for specific ideas in how to do so. After the FCC sided with broadcasters and renewed their licenses, Choosing Our Future then created an inclusive “community voice” organization called “Bay Voice”. Quotes from Voluntary Simplic A key factor is that simplicity must be — as the title suggests — voluntary, that is, it must arise from individual will.

Voluntary simplicity is a solitary path. It means singleness of purpose, sincerity and honesty within, as well as avoidance of exterior clutter, of many possessions irrelevant to the chief purpose of life.

The third section I approached with some trepidation. The conclusion is a very “doomsday sounding. Finally, there was a lot of mumbo jumbo. I don’t need to be convinced page after page.


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Many of the quotes are really repetitive in nature, though the author seemed to include them just for the purpose of showing people from different age groups, areas across the country, and marital status were all a part of the movement.

Your level of accountability determines your level of simplictiy. To live sustainably, we must live efficiently–not misdirecting or squandering the earth’s precious resources. Voluntary Simplicity is not a book about living in poverty; it is a book about living with balance. Elgin describes this application of simplicity as a balancing of “purpose, fulfillment, and satisfaction.

Also, the original survey from in the back of the book made me realize how far we’ve come as a society.

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After repeating this cycle for three days, the harvest was finished and they left. Simplicity is not poverty. It became absorbed into the popular culture with the termination of US combat military involvement in Southeast Asia and the end of the draft inand ultimately with the resignation of President Richard Nixon in August Poverty is involuntary and debilitating, whereas simplicity is voluntary and enabling.

In a recent book study group, the messages from this book still rang true for us today: In the si,plicity of this, a natural tendency is to retreat into our socially constructed existence–a thin slice of reality that we can more readily comprehend because we are the architects of that reality. A simple life must be characterized by aesthetics and social dignity, but no more than features and tendencies can be suggested, for each individual must pursue his or her own voluntary path.

Voountary into false sense of security. Still, it does acknowledge explicitly that simpler living integrates both inner and outer aspect of life into an organic and purposeful whole.

So Much Magic around the Garden. Hell, I would rather read about chicken coops than wade through this kind of ‘take’ on Voluntary Simplicity again. Each of us is responsible. It is a call for us to simplify our lives where we can. Still, it was very affirmi I give this 3.

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Jun 27, Renate rated it did not like it Shelves: His cabin was so close to a nearby highway that he could smell the pipe smoke of passing travelers. We gobble up the vast majority of resources and if our country makes the shift toward far less consumption, it will have an incredible impact simplicoty the world.

I can stomach a bit of this, but sometimes I had trouble even parsing sentences, e. Inthe world had 2 billion people, in roughly 4 billion people, and by the year population is expected to exceed 6 billion people. I’m glad I bought this book. It succinctly points out your frailty and clearly delineates your dependencies. I like the general idea, but the writing of the book was building a mansion where a small cottage would suffice.

Still, it was very affirming to read that the things I’ve been fulling drawn to lately expressed in this book, and being able to see patterns and trends emerging although that’s also frightening in terms of a global community.

No one else can weave that strand for us. Learning about the history of our town, inviting the neighbors over one or two families at a time to talk and share food, asking for assistance in gaining expertise about issues from home repair to hiking trails, and sharing yard and garden-care equipment were all ideas that came to mind. We depend too much on existing institutions rather than taking personal, local, and global responsibility for the changes necessary to make it through this “Winter” period of our culture.

I get that everyone needs to form their own path, but if all it means is walking simplicitty work, avoiding processed foods, and not watching tv It asks us to take a hard look at our lives to see where we can make choices that will lead to a more balanced and compassionate society.

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