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What is Voluntary Simplicity?
a) deliberate organization of life for a purpose

b) simplification; as a matter for each individual
What is Voluntary Living?
- live more deliberately, intentionally, purposefully

- live consciously
What is Simply Living?
- live more purposefully with minimum of needless distractions

- unburden ourselves
What other aspects go into voluntary simplicity?
- Direct and Honest in RELATIONSHIPS

- balance between innner and outer aspects of our lives

- LIVING W/ BALANCE: find life of greater purpose
Why is it inaccurate to equate simplicity with Poverty?
- poverty is INVOLUNTARY and degrading to the human spirit
A simple life (Golden Mean) is...
- balance between poverty and excess
Ecological living includes both...
MATERIAL and SPIRITUAL dimensions of life
where do the majority of persons living a simple life live?
in cities and suburbs
Ecological living seeks technology that is most appropriate for a...
... sustainable future
Simple living is essential for...
... advancement
The concept of true growth includes these 3 components:
1) Transfer energy
2) from material to non-material
3) Advance
For ADVANCEMENT in TRUE GROWTH we seek these 4 components:
1. culture
2. compassion
3. community
4. democracy
Conscious simplicity can be found in this sort of setting.
- urban/ city
Which artist beleived in the elimination of the unnecessary?
- Pablo Picasso
There are several characteristics of those who choose a simpler life. What are some of these (16) characteristics?
1) Developing Full Spectrum of Potentials
-physical, emotional, mental, spiritual

2)Feel intimate connection with Earth or nature

3)Compassionate to WORLDS POOR

4)overall level of PERSONAL CONSUMPTION

5)Consumption patterns:
-more durable, easy to repair, non-polluting, energy efficient

6)Shift diet away from highly porcessed to healthier foods

7)Reduce clutter and complexity
-give away books, etc.

8)Use Consumption Politically
- boycotting goods that were produced in unethical ways

9)Recycle
-metal, glass, paper

10)Pursue livelihood that contributes to World of Well--Being

11)Develop personal skills that contribute to greater self-reliance
-plumbing, carpentry

12)prefer smaller scale living and working environments

13)Alter male and female roles

14)Participate in holistic healthcare

15)Compassionate causes
-protecting the rain forest

16)Change Transportation Modes
- car pooling, etc.
What are the 4 changes in an economically dependent world?
1. consumption levels
2. living/ working conditions
3. political attitudes
4. education
To live sustainable lives, we must live...
... efficiently
Living peacefully means that we live...
...with a reasonable degree of equity
- fairness
If we increase equity, we can ...
... live peacefully
if we increase harmony, we can expect to live...
... SUSTAINABLY
What is the PULL OF OPPORTUNITY?
- the potential of the simple live to yield more satisfying and soulful experience
Where can the basis for living simply be found?
- in all the world's spiritual traditions
what is the "GOLDEN RULE"?
- we should treat each other like we want to be treated
Eastern Religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism encourage a life of...
... material moderation and spiritual abundance
Religious Views of Voluntary Simplicity:
1)Christian views (Jesus)
- life of compassionate simplicity

2)Bible: balance b/w material and spiritual side

3) EASTERN views:
-Voluntary Reduction of Wants (to promote real happiness)
-Self Control
-middle path that emphasises simplicity and nonviolence (Buddhism)

4)PURITAN views:
-U.S. is consumerist nation
-PURITAN ETHIC- hard work, temperate living, participation in life of community

5)QUAKER views:
-virtues of hard work
- sobriety, frugality

6)TRANSCENTDENTALISTS
-spiritual presence infused in world
- Living Simply; encounter life force
What is MAGNIFIED GLOBAL AWARNESS?
- simpler ways of living
Who makes these changes?
- not government/ society as whole, but the INDIVIDUAL must be the first to make positive changes
small changes may seem insignificant but can become great changes if...
... adopted by entire society
EXPERIENCING VOLUNTARY SIMPLCITY canNOT be...
... short lived
Why do we need simpler living?
- provide children with value system
If we change quickly the change may not have...
... the power to last
What are characteristics of GREATER SIMPLICITY?
1)frees time

2)energy

3) attnetion for personal growth

4)family relationships
INNER GORWTH is (2)...
1) process of learning a natural quietness

2) openess of mind
MEDIATION is...
- most prominent inner growth process
what are 4 important components of RELATIONSHIPS?
1) NURTURANCE
2) LOVE
3) ENCOURAGEMENT
SIMPLICITY is tolerated by " " and supported by " ".
-Simplicity is tolerated by " larger groups" and supported by " smaller groups"
Concerning Voluntary Simplcity, what are 4 main components of FEMINISM?
1)GROWTH OF SIMPLER LIVING
2)ENCOURAGED BY BOTH SEXES TO EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF LIVING
3)MEN AND WOMEN TO BE "THEMSLEVES"
4)BALANCE
- b/w masculine and feminine qualities
- Culture= less agressive
- be more receptive
What is CONSCIOUS SIMPLICITY?
- integration/ balance of both masculine and feminine
Work in Voluntary Simplicity should be (4)...
1)means of supporting one's self
2)opportunity to support others
3)context for learning nature of life
4)direct expression in ones character
Conclusion from Survey (8)
1) Simpler life does not = utopian dream (should be a practical possibility)

2)Pioneers demonstrate, WE can take CONTROL of LIFE

3)ECOLOGICAL APPROACH is much more than greater material frugality

4)CREATIVE SIMPLICITY, spring time of development

5)Fixed norms that define approach to living

6)SMALL CHANGES; lead to big changes

7)CAPACITY FOR CITIZENSHIP/ ENTREPENUERSHIP

8)SIMPLICITY LIVING; does not represnt withdrawl from the world
What is VOLUNTARILY LIVING
- voluntarily living
what is SIMPLY LIVING?
- encounter life more directly
What does it mean to have DEATH AS AN ALLY (4)?
1)important ally to appreciate life

2)awarness of death
- forces us to confront purpose/ meaning of existence

3)Significant or Trivial

4)Awarness of Death
- infuses life with sense of immediacy, perspective, proportion
Things we need to be aware of when we are LIVING VOLUNTARILY (5).
1) we must acknowledge the extent to which we are voluntary

2)we dont notice degree in which we run on auto
- constant state of mental distraction

3)Self Realization
- relizing who "self" is
- crucial to voluntary action

4)Cut through Confining Self-images
-social pretenses
-psychological barriers

5) Embedded Consciousness
For SIMPLICITY and CONSUMPTION we must learn to live between the extremes of...
... poverty and excess
What is the negative industrial era view of consumption?
- if we increase our consumption we will increase our happiness
What are the 3 components of living simply?
1)SIMPLICITY AND CONSUMPTION

2)SIMPLICITY AND INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

3)SIMPLICITY AND WORK
What is the main component of SIMPLCITY AND CONSUMPTION?
- we must learn to live between poverty and excess
what are the 5 main components of SIMPLICTY AND INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS?
1)connect our inner experience with our outer expressions

2)we should let go of wasteful speech and ide gossip

3)COMMUNICATION by VALUING SILENCE

4)COMMUNICATION as GREATER EYE CONTACT w/ OTHERS

5)GREATER OPENESS TO NON-SEXUAL PHYSICAL CONTACT
What is 1 component of SIMPLICITY AND WORK?
- favor more human size workplaces
As we live more simply and out lives become less filled with unnecessary distractions, we find it easier to bring our undivided attention into...
... our passage of life, thereby we live more consciously
What are the Four Stages of Growth in the Life Cycle of Western Industrial Civilizations?
1)HIGH GROWTH "Springtime" (Era of FAITH, in basic values)
-HIGH SOCIAL CONSENSUS, STRONG SENSE OF SHARED SOCIAL PURPOSE
-Bureaucracy complexity is LOW!!!

2)FULL BLOSSOMING "Summer" (Era of Reason)
-Social consensus begins to weaken with fulfillment of shared social purpose
-bureaucracy complexity increasing
-activities are increasingly regulated

3)INITIAL DECLINE "Autumn" (Era of Cynicism)
- consensus is very weak
-special interest group demands grow stronger than shared social purpose
-bureaucracy complexity increasing rapidly and beginning to faltar

4) BREAKDOWN "Winter" (Era of Despair)
- collapse of consensus
-bureaucracy complexity is overwhelming
Where is the United States now in the life cycle?
- moving into stage 4, BREAKDOWN
3 Outcomes from a period of Civilizational Breakdown?
1)Revitalization:
-people embrace challenges; a time of compressed social invention and creativity

2)Stagnation:
- people retreat from challenges and seek security in highly managed social order

3)Collapse:
- people ignore challenges; the bioshpere collapses and causes a massive die-off of humans and other species of life, both plant and animal
What is civilizational breakdown?
- the winter of industrial nations and a crisis of transition; the traditional view of the world is depleted and a workable alternative is not yet in place