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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Feminist Simone de Beauvoir said “Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying.

But I can see its historical relevance, since, at the time, there weren’t a lot of books like this. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. We must wake up and make conscious choices. Consider splitting it into new pages, adding subheadingsor condensing it. It took me a week or so to pick the book back up, but last night I screwed up my courage and finished the book.

How Trauma Lodges in the Body Apr More and more families are turning towards minimalism and getting rid of the clutter that is bogging down their lives. What does a life of conscious simplicity look like? He goes on to hypothesize about community involvement, and again talks about the difference between voluntary and involuntary simplicity. Dec 14, Sarai Mitnick rated it it was ok.

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In keeping with the voluntary model, Elgin largely avoids an ethical approach to simplicity, concentrating on the economic and psychological rewards for individuals. Overfishing and pollution of the world’s oceans have led to a leveling off in annual fish catch at the same time that the demand for food from the world’s oceans is increasing.

On the contrary, Voluntary Simplicity requires making conscious choices not only in our own homes but also in close cooperation with our communities and being active in creating the changes that we need on a national and international level. 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.


Simplicity is not rural living 4. The book concludes with a vision of the global issues that will arise if more people do not choose a path of voluntary simplicity. The first section was a little dry at times, but I found it interesting to note the demographics of the respondents as I read their responses.

Rather, it is to acknowledge that much of the solution to that poverty lies in the voluntary actions of those who live in relative abundance and thereby have the real opportunity to consciously simplify their lives and to consciously assist others.

Really, really great stuff.

I still recall a family of three- -a father, mother and daughter about my age–that drove their old Mercury sedan down the dusty road into our farm. Each of us is responsible. It means taking life as it is-straight and unadulterated.

Stay in your lane and make an impact, be the most valuable and resilient person there. It is important to acknowledge these misconceptions so that we can move beyond them. Simplicity means taking charge of lives that are too busy, too stressed, and too fragmented. Full of explanations and good reasons for living more simply, this book will help you define how ovluntary manifests itself in your own life.

August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Sadly, the end does not wrap it up in any meaningful way. This was the one I was worried about reading. However, it was an astute book and ahead of its time. It is a creative choice for the mainstream majority, particularly in developed nations.

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

Only with greater equity can we expect to live peacefully, and only with greater harmony can we expect to live sustainably. It means singleness of purpose and sincerity and honesty within, as well as avoidance of exterior clutter, of many possessions irrelevant to the chief purpose of life. Simpliicity you want something more practical and applicable, then look elsewhere.


It is we who, one by one, must act to restore the balance. This reader’s question would be – why?

The Japanese Words for “Space” 3, reads Nov Wendell Berry Ernest Callenbach G. Of course, as different people have different purposes in life, what is relevant to the purpose of one person might not be relevant to the purpose of another…The degree of simplification is a matter for each individual to settle for himself. When you consider the impact of our lifestyles in the “developed” nations, voluntary simplicity becomes the only real ethical choice.

Voluntary Simplicity

I immediately began to think of ways that I could act in my own life to improve the health of my community. You will always have extenuating circumstances.

Dissatisfactions are the rumblings of the mind. The last third of the book was an expose about how the whole world needs to embrace voluntary simplicity and how the unfair it is that the rich nations have more than the poor nations. Rather, Elgin is talking about getting oneself in order, and thereby, hopefully, the planet though more on this later. Duane Elgin grew up near Wilder, Idaho. Things are not working, and it’s time for embracing a simpler, less selfish lifestyle.

I guess I do, in voluntar to the well moneyed media-led consumeristic, but something voulntary interesting is that, even though I am the poorest person in my neighborhood I am not poor, just the poorest in MY hoodeveryone hangs out at MY house.

The United Nations Human Development Report of said, “In a world of 5 billion people, we discovered that the top billion people, hold 83 percent of the world’s wealth, while the bottom billion have only 1. Choose to live simply so that others may simply live.