Apr 17 2011
This was certainly an interesting read. While I agreed with much of Elgin’s argument, I also found several statements to be overly vague and idealistic both in language used and in expectations from the human race. What I most appreciated, however, was Elgin’s distinction between voluntary simplicity and poverty, and the discussion of how to “opt out” of an overly consumerist culture without going to unreasonable extremes of material-free living. I can definitely see the argument that there is freedom in consuming less, and I wholeheartedly support his opinion that consumption should be “conscious.” Through consuming only intentionally and thoughtfully, overall consumption would certainly decrease, and what was still consumed would be done free from the cultural brainwashing that tells us identity is found in materials consumed.
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