Why the simple life is not just beautiful, it's necessary - Emrys Westacott | Aeon Ideas
In many prosperous, capitalist societies where consumerism, big pharma and supermarket culture is rampant, leading a quiet, simple life is considered boring.
Big Brands continue to persuade everyone to aspire for more and most people fall for that.
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