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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It may be an important read f Duane Elgin’s strives in his work for a hopeful and compelling vision of humanity’s suane over the current ecological crisis.

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This life-path remembers our deep roots with the soil, air, and water. Jan 06, Carly rated it it was amazing. The combined impact of the various pushes of necessity are staggering to contemplate.

Elgin continues to promote citizen use of mass media for dialogue about the future. Eating Outside the Box.

Regarding Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam war, human sexuality, women’s rights, traditional modes of authority, experimentation with psychoactive drugs, differing interpretations of the American Dream.

By embracing the tenets of voluntary simplicityfrugal consumption, ecological awareness and personal growth–people can change their lives and begin to change the world. How Trauma Lodges in the Body Apr elgih Only give up a thing when you want some other condition so much that the thing no longer has any attraction for you. Nov 21, Chris Dumont rated it it was amazing. He discusses matters like the percentage of people living in voluntary simplicity that are engaged in other “mindfulness” activities.


To Elgin, the imperatives for simplicity as an individual reflect global requirements for simplicity, thus integrating in one work ecology, social thought, perennial advice, and first-hand responses of those pursuing simplicity in their lives. Jan 24, Betsy rated it really liked it. Compare to other employees in company vs. While I love the idea of what he was doing, it seemed like it was too large a part of the book. Hell, I would rather read about chicken coops than wade through this kind of ‘take’ on Voluntary Simplicity again.

At the end of the day, they received their few dollars of wages as a family, earning roughly 65 cents an hour. The dualism inherent in our thinking process which pits si,plicity against spiritualism, West against East must be transcended duanr we are truly to be the inheritors of our evolutionary legacy and the children of a new age. Simplicity is not an alternative lifestyle for a marginal few.

Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin

Poverty is mean and degrading to the human spirit, whereas a life of conscious simplicity can have both a beauty and a functional integrity that elevates the human spirit. Simplicity is not rural living 4. May 13, Catherine rated it liked it.

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.

Elgin offers three outcomes given a civilizational breakdown: In a recent book study group, the messages from this book still rang true for us today: 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. I have the 2nd edition of this book.

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

As with other ecosystems, it is the diversity of expressions that fosters flexibility, volumtary, and resilience. The author advocates for the United Nations to have power to enforce all of the rules and regulations needed for the world to enjoy voluntary simplicity.


It is we who, one by one, must take charge of our lives. Economics as if People Mattered by Ernst F. And now I sense duan momentum established that I could not now “will” to halt.

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

Maybe I was just in the wrong mood, or maybe it’s because it’s a revised edition simpliciy the book did not flow well – the author says in the foreword that half the book is new material. They are so enmeshed in crisis management that they have little time to exercise genuinely creative leadership. His arguments for simplicity take on new urgency considering the present plight.

Though this book gives a solid overview of the many probable catastrophes we face and how they relate to materialism and consumption, it had a number of problems.

When I arrived for work the following morning, they got out of volntary car where they had slept the night and began working another day. 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.