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Freedom of Simplicity

A great book on understanding the christian tradition of simple living, a crucial idea in our modern time:

‘Mahatma Gandhi once said that the world has enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed. It simply is not a matter of somehow raising the standard of living of the poor of the world to that of th affluent west. North America and Western Europe comprise 12% of the world’s population and account for 60% of annual personal consumption. If the rest of the world were to attempt to live on our level of consumption, it is projected that all known world resources of petroleum, tin, zinc, natural gas, lead, copper, tungsten, gold and mercury would be exhausted in ten years… Put simply, the earth cannot afford our lifestyle. No, the answer is clear: we must cut back our standard of living if there is ever to be anything approaching a just distribution of the world’s resources.’

Richard Foster,

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