“This book highlights how rethinking our attitudes and behaviour toward consumption can be a fruitful pathway to social and ecological harmony.” - David Holmgren
It has only been the last few decades that extreme materialism has been touted as the best way to achieve happiness. This in spite of knowing for thousands of years the appropriateness of living simply.
The accumulated knowledge of appropriate living on Earth was recognized recently when The Simplicity Institute published a book called Simple Living In History: Pioneers of The Deep Future.
After receiving an email from the Institute I previewed the book. The Table of Contents sent me immediately to our public library website to see if it was in the collection. Unfortunately it wasn't, so I will be recommending it to their book buyers.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface by the Editors, Samuel Alexander and Amanda McLeod
by David Shi
1. BUDDHA - Peter Doran
2. DIOGENES - William Desmond
3. ARISTOTLE - Jerome Segal
4. EPICURUS - Michael Augustin
5. THE STOICS - Dirk Baltzly
6. JESUS - Simon Ussher
7. WESTERN MONASTICISM - William Fahey
8. THE QUAKERS - Mark Burch
9. THE AMISH - Steven Nolt
10. HENRY THOREAU - Samuel Alexander
11. JOHN RUSKIN - David Craig
12. WILLIAM MORRIS - Sara Wills
13. GANDHI - Whitney Sanford
14. DITCHLING VILLAGE - William Fahey
15. THE AGRARIANS - Allan Carlson
16. THE NEARINGS - Amanda McLeod
17. IVAN ILLICH - Marius de Geus
18. JOHN SEYMOUR - Amanda McLeod
19. VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY - Mary Grigsby
20. RADICAL HOMEMAKING - Shannon Hayes
21. INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES - Bill Metcalf
22. PERMACULTURE - Albert Bates
23. TRANSITION TOWNS - Samuel Alexander and Esther Alloun
24. DEGROWTH - Serge Latouche
25. THE SIMPLER WAY - Ted Trainer
26. MINDFULNESS - Mark Burch
Each chapter of Simple Living In History is an essay about the person or movement indicated. It reflects the recent history (the past couple thousand years) of right living on our fragile planet even though our experience of living simply goes back hundreds of thousands of years to our origins.
Talk about a simple living study list - the Table of Contents alone gets me going. Awesome for future research, but I am going to see if I can get my frugal hands on a volume of this book.
Simplicity has been the way of the past, and will be the way of the future. Therefore a book like Simple Living In History becomes an important collection of applied knowledge to guide us into our sustainable future.
“Simple Living in History challenges the mentality of waste and extravagance that defines modern industrial lifestyles, reminding us that the answers we need have been here all along, waiting for us to notice them.”
- John Michael Greer