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The Wisdom of Frugality: Why Less Is More - More or Less Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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"What I especially like about the book is the path Westacott lays out.....He's an advocate for simple living but his research explores both the pros and cons of frugality. He gets you thinking about so many important questions: What does it mean to be frugal? Is living luxuriously better than rejecting an extravagant lifestyle? Will either choice make you happier? What are the environment arguments for and against simple living? Section after section will have you examining your own life." --Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post
"In his calm, measured and wise analysis of thevirtues and vices of simplicity, Westacott asks why, if almost every sage inhistory has praised frugal simplicity, we haven't all embraced it. The short answer, hinted at in the subtitle, is that the mantra "less is more" is onlymore or less true." --Julian Baggini, The Financial Times
"a lucid, accessible book with an immediate bearing on people's everyday lives." -- Lawrence Klepp, The Weekly Standard
"The Wisdom of Frugality makes fine reading. US-based philosopher Emrys Westacott is erudite and quietly witty. In an age when much that passes for thinking is starved of its necessary complexity, Westacott has created a refreshingly multidimensional book. He encourages self-knowledge.This is particularly strong when he writes of frugality's shadow opposite, extravagance. He is no utilitarian. In its finest moments, frugality - simplicity and the absence of greed - undoubtedly saves lives as well as the planet. But in its most refined and creative moments - think Sistine Chapel, the Hagia Sophia, Sydney Opera House - extravagance "fuels culture"."
"a fine introduction to the topic [that] strikes an admirable balance in that it is both substantive and very accessible." -- Brian Treanor, Environmental Ethics
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"In this book, Emrys Westacott delves into the conflict between the virtues of the simple life and the apparently irresistible economic imperative to grow. Economic growth has brought us longer, healthier, and more comfortable and varied lives. But Westacott makes the case that, given our present situation, the appeal of frugality is not mere nostalgia, but rather the route to a more meaningful way of life."--Diane Coyle, author of The Economics of Enough
"This profoundly thoughtful philosophical examination of frugality provides a thorough investigation of both simple and luxurious living. Emrys Westacott gives philosophical, psychological, religious, and economic arguments for and against frugality, and he has convinced me that the case for it is more complicated and more interesting than I had thought."--William B. Irvine, author of A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
"What I especially like about [The Wisdom of Frugality] is the path Westacott lays out. He's teaching and preaching at the same time. He's an advocate for simple living but his research explores both the pros and cons of frugality. He gets you thinking about so many important questions."--Michelle Singletary,Washington Post
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It's the dilemma of trying to stay in control of your own life that Mr. Wesacott does a good job of describing.
I consider myself a frugal man. Being frugal takes a bit of work, self-control, discipline and what would be considered a super-human power of persuasion if you have small kids. So when I saw The Wisdom of Frugality: Why Less Is More – More or Less by Emrys Westacott I immediately wanted to read it as to give myself some more understanding and ammunition to store for my persuasion warehouse for future use.
Frugality is not being cheap, there is a big difference even though many people might not agree (they’re wrong). To me, frugality means what would be the best use of my hard earned money. Do I need to spend this money? Is there a better way of spending it? Can I do without the item?
An example would be a washing machine. Can our family do without one? Sure, but is it frugal in the long run? Would buying a washing machine be cheaper than simply going to a laundromat? According to the website Apartment Therapy, the cost of doing a load of laundry at home is $0.97 vs. $3.12 at the laundromat (2013 numbers and includes supplies and driving time, but excludes the cost of the machine).
Mr. Westacott examines why smart people have been preaching frugality since the dawn of the written word. He asks many questions and challenge some notions on frugality based on this new world we live in. After all, many appliances are cheaper to replace then to fix and some things which seem to be an extravagant displays of wealth (cell phones, running water, in-door-outhouse) are now part of a standard of living – at least in these United States.
The author goes a step farther and examines the cons of being frugal, is it really necessary in today’s throw-away American society? Is being frugal good for today’s national economic model? Does living frugally really makes you happier?
This book is a deep study of frugality, written in an easy to read and interesting manner. Mr. Westacott wrote an informative, readable book which reflects on frugality in modern times.