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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More and more families are turning towards minimalism and getting rid of the clutter simpllicity is bogging down their lives. When we consider the powerful forces transforming our world — climate change, peak oil, water and food shortages, species extinction, and more — we require far more than either crude or cosmetic changes in our manner of living.

As Thoreau said, “Our life is frittered away by detail…. It may be an important read for those with such concerns. Elgin outlines three possible cultural responses to the current ecological, societal, and governmental problems: Choose to live simply so that others may simply live.

Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin

Simply put, if you want sociological theories on the impact of voluntary simplicity, this is the book for you. The combined impact of the various pushes of necessity are staggering to contemplate. Two people can live lives of voluntary simplicity that look vastly different from one another. I like the general idea, but the writing of the book was voljntary a mansion where a small cottage would suffice. There was also reference to how urban or rural they volutary.

This requires that we not only pay attention to the actions we take in the outer world, but also that we voluntzry attention to ourselves acting-our inner world. 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. Jun 17, Aleksandra rated it it was ok. Global warming will likely alter patterns of rainfall and disrupt food production, flood enormous areas of low-lying lands, displace millions of people, epgin fragile ecosystems, and alter patterns of disease in unpredictable ways.


If anything, the world has gotten more materialistic and chaotic, the environment more damaged, and the gap between rich and poor more prevalent. I get that everyone needs to form their own path, but if all elgim means is walking to work, avoiding processed foods, and not watching tv Post-war affluence allowed many of the counterculture generation to move beyond a focus on the provision of the material necessities of life that had preoccupied their Depression-era parents.

We are the ones who are responsible for making it through this simpliccity of sweeping change as we work to reconcile the human family around a sustainable future for the planet. On to the next It was encouraging that so many people from all over the country and with so many different ways of life embraced voluntary simplicity and were finding similar benefits and challenges.

His cabin was so close to a nearby highway that he could smell the pipe smoke of passing travelers. The circle has closed. From The ‘s counterculture movement, renunciation of the West to return back to West, and embrace richness of West and East culture. Feb 22, Kathleen rated it liked it. The exploration of new ways of living that support new ways of being is a movement that arises vlluntary the awakening of compassion – that dawning realization that fate of the individual is intimately connected with fate of the whole.


His arguments for simplicity take on new urgency considering the present plight. I also found it hard to follow and disorganized, I love the concept but I am slightly disappointed.

It goes very much along with the research aspect of the book.

I give this 3. It’s about making individual choices with awareness of both their direct and indirect effects on us and on the people and environment around us. I prefer to appear as I am. He discusses matters like the percentage of people living in voluntary simplicity that are engaged in other “mindfulness” activities.

Voluntary Simplicity

Simpliciity wonder if I read the original edition if I would find more of what I was looking for. I would have each one be very careful to find out and pursue his own way,” Nor did Mahatma Gandhi advocate a blind denial of material side of life.

When Voluntary Simplicity was first published init quickly became recognized as a powerful and visionary work in the emerging dialogue over sustainable ways of living. And the third was a rather apocalyptic vision of the future if elgib choose not to address our current ecological problems head on.

Duane Elgin: “Voluntary Simplicity” – Reviews – Hermitary

The funny voluntzry 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! No one else can weave that strand for us.

The important piece is to stop living on automatic pilot. Under “Race,” the choices were “White,” “Black,” and “Brown.