Simple Living Essay

828 Words Feb 22nd, 2013 4 Pages
Simple living
The term ‘Simple Living’ is introduced in the text ‘Simple Living, Recession-Style’ by Elizabeth Scott. The idea is to “pare down and get rid of all the extra “stuff” that we think we need, but don’t.” By getting rid of what does not really serve us, one can enjoy the important things in life, such as relationships and family. By not getting distracted by unimportant things, one can focus on becoming a better person and getting “a better understanding of “who we really are.””
Elizabeth Scott is very positive to the idea of simple living. She was introduced to it in ‘Simple Abundance’ by Sarah Ban Breathnach. She says this way of living could result in less stress, stronger relationships, and a more meaningful life. It is
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As a conclusion he points out that there are other options. To follow the activists who lived through difficult times. “Not to navigate systems of oppressive power with as much integrity as possible, but rather to confront and take down those systems.”
The language in Rachel Fudge’s article is very sophisticated. Both from the interviewer Rachel Fudge and author Judith Levine. Rachel Fudge has read Judith Levine’s book and it goes without saying, that she uses some of the words and expressions from the book. But she tries to simplify the language, so the readers of ‘Bitch’ will understand the used expressions. An example of this, is in the fourth paragraph where it says “There’s this idea that frugality means abstaining from pleasure - you certainly had to give up some things you really enjoy, like going to the movies.”
The language of the written interview reflects the spoken interview conducted by the journalist well. It is very well-formulated and linguistically on a high level. An example of this is the journalists comment: “But I also liked your idea that overindulgence can also be a socially important act” The response to the previous question is: “My great objection to the anticonsumerist movement is that

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