vol. 11, num. 2 :: 2012.01.20 — 2012.02.02
Throughout much of the world, winter strips away many signs of life and calls us to remember that summer’s abundance does not exist all the time, everywhere, for all people. By choice or by circumstance, some live on less all year round. What does simplicity look like in your life?
The confession of a modest hoarder.
Taking a simple lifestyle for granted -- and occasionally, as an idol.
On making changes to live closer to our place on a smaller version of “enough.”
Confessions about the difficulty of living on less.
A call to creativity, grace and the correspondence of action and belief.
An invitation to downsize in the new year.
Jesus offers an example for all classes.
A morning ritual offers lessons in complex simplicity.
Lessons from a history of accidentally going without.
Examining the source and nature of one’s treasure.
The Jones family can haunt us even in a well-intentioned quest to live simply.
Ideas for celebrating the beauty of nature by creating simple, found-object gifts.
On cultivating a new attitude toward the busier-than-thou game.
On the complexity of simplicity and giving up the closet.
An interview with Jim Merkel, the $5,000 man.
Aiden Enns proposes a 12-fold rule of life for the twenty-first century.
What happened was, I got the idea in my head –- and I could not get it out –-that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference whether the treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? … Sometimes I think that knowledge –- when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway –- is the worst of all…. I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while — just once in a while — there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word “wisdom” mentioned!
in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey
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