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4 Misconceptions About The Simple Life

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4 Misconceptions About The Simple Life
It is important to recognize inaccurate stereotypes about the simple life because they make it seem impractical and ill suited for responding to increasingly critical breakdowns in world systems. Four misconceptions about the simple life are so common they deserve special attention.

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Simplicity doesn't mean poverty

Simplicity doesn't mean poverty

Poverty is involuntary and debilitating, whereas simplicity is voluntary and enabling.

It is very misleading to equate simplicity with poverty, even if some spiritual traditions have ...

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Simplicity doesn't mean rural living

Simplicity doesn't mean rural living

Adopting a simple life doesn't require moving into rural areas. In fact, the majority of persons choosing a life of conscious simplicity live in cities and suburbs. 

It is mu...

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Beauty in the simple life

The simple life is sometimes viewed as an approach to living that advocates a barren plainness and denies the value of beauty and aesthetics. But rather than a denial of beauty, simplicity liber...

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  • Millennials are showing interest in simple living, in pre-consumerist and pre-industrial ways.
  • It seems like a moral way to live and it makes you into a better person.
  • The struggle of living simple and frugal builds up new skill-sets, a certain independence and better health of the mind and body, by being close to nature.

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Leonardo da Vinci

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

Leonardo da Vinci

The 4 laws of simplicity

... you can use on any area of your life, and in fact on your life as a whole:

  • Collect everything in one place.
  • Choose the essential, the things most important to you.
  • Eliminate the rest. Don't get sentimental.
  • Organize the remaining stuff neatly and nicely.

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Confucius

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

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The meaning of "complexity"

A complex process involves various components interacting across multiple scales in time and space. To lift a foot requires electrical, chemical, and mechanical parts to coordinate across molecular, cellular, organ, and systemic levels.

Complexity loss

A large and growing body of research suggests that biological complexity breaks down with aging.
Various tissues and organs and their communication pathways gradually diminish and lead to disease or disability.