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Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness Paperback – September 1, 2009
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I picked up a book by Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska. Its collection of essays focus on “simplicity”, but they are (as our British friends would say) spot on about the inner journey of Transition. I strongly recommend this book as a part of Transition literature. Less is More reminds us that the inner goal is “knowing who you are, being clear about your values, understanding what brings true well-being.” - Joanne Poyourow, Transition US
I picked up a book by Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska. Its collection of essays focus on simplicity”, but they are (as our British friends would say) spot on about the inner journey of Transition. I strongly recommend this book as a part of Transition literature. Less is More reminds us that the inner goal is knowing who you are, being clear about your values, understanding what brings true well-being.” - Joanne Poyourow, Transition US
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"Here are some of the important reasons to consciously choose Simplicity:
(1) Simplicity fosters a more harmonious relationship with the Earth--the land, water, and air.
(2) Simplicity promotes fairness and equity among the people of the Earth.
(3) Simplicity cuts through needless clutter and complexity.
(4) Simplicity enhances living with balance--inner and outer, work and family, family and community.
(5) Simplicity reveals the beauty and intelligence of nature's designs.
(6) Simplicity increases the resources available for future generations.
(7) Simplicity helps save animal and plant species from extinction.
(8) Simplicity responds to global shortages of oil, water, and other vital resources.
(9) Simplicity keeps our eyes on the prize of what matters most in our lives--the quality of our relationships with family, friends, community, nature, and the cosmos.
(10) Simplicity yields lasting satisfactions that more than compensate for the fleeting pleasures of consumerism.
(11) Simplicity fosters the sanity of self-discovery and an integrated approach to life.
(12) Simplicity blossoms us in community and connects us to the world with a sense of belonging and common purpose.
(13) Simplicity is a lighter lifestyle that fits elegantly into the real world of the 21ST century."
The above comes from one of the chapters of this intriguing book edited by Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska. Andrews, who has a PhD in education from Stanford, is an author and founder of a Seattle ecovillage. Urbanska, a graduate of Harvard, is also an author and host/producer of the "Simple Living" PBS television series.
This well-written book consists of a series of essays (each essay being a chapter) by a diverse collection of writers covering topics from simplicity to climate change to economics to happiness. The essay writers include such people as a psychology professor, lawyer, author, advertising agent, professor of family social science, publisher, a former emergency room director, architect, professor of biology and environmental science, sustainability coordinator, and professor of sociology.
These essays advocate a simpler, less cluttered lifestyle, one where the focus is not on mindless material consumption, but rather on inner riches, connection with nature, meaningful involvement in the community and, perhaps most important, the act of making conscious choices about how we lead our lives.
This is not an anti-business or anti-technology book. This book advocates an innovative, thoughtful, and deliberate approach to how we live, work, and spend our leisure time.
Finally, I had one problem with this book. Only two essays have references/notes. The rest do not.
In conclusion, this is a gem of a book that shows that less is REALLY more!!
(first published 2009; acknowledgements; preface; 3 parts or 34 chapters/essays; after word; main narrative 260 pages; notes; index; about the editors)
<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>
Enter Less is More - Embracing Simplicity - which is really an absolutely perfect title that says it all.
Authors Cecile Andres and Wanda Urbanska have written an illuminated, concise and highly interesting and inspiring read about what life (your life and mine) can be, how fulfulled we can be with a more simple life - that will benefit everyone around us - and as a bonus, help the environment.
I think this book is extremely a propos right now - as life has proven to us that excesses cannot be sustained without paying a high price.
Less is More explores our obsessive pursuit of money and success and challenges us - with well formed arguments and research to think outside of the box a little bit - and I feel up to the challenge.
Written for everyone - I found myself devouring this book - feeling inspired at the end of it.