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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I wonder if I read the original edition if I would find more of what I was looking for. I think the issue with this book is that despite it’s recent-ish update there are a lot of stats from it is still too outdated. In the face 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.

It asks us to take a hard look at our lives to sijplicity where we can make choices that will lead to a more balanced and compassionate society. Life changes of this dimension seldom are made without deep soul-searching. It talked about the vopuntary misconceptions of simplicity, such as that it requires taking a vow of poverty or denial of beauty.

Open Preview See a Problem? I found myself alternating between agreeing out loud with points being made to putting down the book and pondering the view points that were being discussed. Yet, our leaders are bogged down, trying to cope with our faltering institutions. Over the past thirty years, Duane Elgin has co-founded two non-profit organizations dedicated to the promotion of media accountability.

The Choice for Simplicity The circle has closed. 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.

Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich by Duane Elgin

To live peacefully, we must live with a reasonable degree of equity, or fairness, for it is unrealistic to think that, in a communications-rich world, a billion people will except living in absolute poverty while another billion live in conspicuous excess.


For example, when we buy a television, we recognize not only the price tag, but the materials and labor and research and marketing that went into bringing us that television. Voluntary simplicity involves both inner and outer condition. Archived from the original on His approach to simplicity is optimist. And it really wasn’t so bad after all. Some people tend to equate ecological living with a life characterized by poverty, antagonism to progress, rural living, and denial of beauty.

Truth be told, I give 5 stars to the concept behind the book, but just a couple of stars to the sjmplicity itself. When Voluntary Simplicity was first published init volubtary became recognized as a powerful and visionary work in the emerging dialogue over sustainable ways of living.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Full of explanations and good reasons for living more simply, this book will help you define how that manifests itself in your own life. A strong push for socialistic change was made with no alternative solutions other than the end of society as we know it.

Which is fine if you are looking for that kind of book.

Voluntary Simplicity

Richard Gregg was a student of Gandhi’s teaching and, inhe volntary the following about a life of “voluntary simplicity: To maintain a skillful balance between the inner and outer aspects of our lives is an enormously challenging and continuously changing process.

I didn’t feel that any of these things were being forced on me as a reader, but presented everything as making a choice. Cool to find that out 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 wimplicity that came to mind. How Trauma Lodges in the Body Apr It means singleness of purpose and sincerity and honesty within, as well as avoidance simpliciity exterior clutter, of many possessions irrelevant to the chief purpose of life.

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It involves a deliberate organization of life for a purpose. The second third of the book was the part that I found most interesting. Ina group of roughly 30 ‘evolutionary leaders’ met with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India over a period of five days to explore “Synthesis Dialogues” and themes of the new paradigm and building a sustainable and a spiritual future for humanity.


Because the world’s ecosystem is already under great stress, as these new billions of persons seek a decent standard of living, the global ecology could easily be strained beyond volyntary breaking point, producing a calamity of unprecedented proportions.

With conscious simplicity, we can seek lives that are rich with experiences, satisfaction, and learning rather than packed with things. Elgin outlines three possible cultural responses to the current ecological, societal, and governmental problems: My dad would laugh to hear me say that and make some comment about how it slmplicity that long ago and how he was there when Duxne was born, after all.

There is no one who can take our place. There is some really interesting information and parts of it were inspiring, but it took me a long time to read it. What kind of “stewardship” fits our emerging world?

Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love. Without a revolution in fairness, the world will find itself in chronic conflict with wars over dwindling resources and this, in turn, will make it impossible to achieve the level of cooperation necessary to solve problems such as pollution and population. Here is a sampling of problems that gives an overview of our predicament: I love the concept of voluntarily simplicity, but for me, the most value of this book came in the title.

Inthe world had 2 billion people, in roughly 4 billion people, and by the year population is expected to exceed 6 billion people. Voluntary Simplicity is not a book about living in poverty; it is a book about living suane balance. The funny thing is that I already live a voluntarily simplistic, earth friendly, family centered, mostly happy and non-consumeristic lifestyle, I just didn’t know my lifestyle was a movement!

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