Our obsessive pursuit of wealth is not working - people are afraid and anxious; we are destroying the planet, undermining happiness, and clinging to an unsustainable economy. But there is another way. Less can be More. Throughout history wise people have argued that we need to live more simply - that only by limiting outer wealth can we have inner wealth.
They bring us a new vision of Less: less stuff, less work, less stress, less debt. A life with Less becomes a life of More: more time, more satisfaction, more balance, more security. When we have too much, we savour nothing. When we choose less, we regain our life and can think and feel deeply. Ultimately, a life of less connects us with one true source of happiness: being part of a caring community. The book shows how to turn individual change into a movement that leads to policy changes in government and corporate behaviour, work hours, the wealth gap and sustainability. It will appeal to those who want to take back their lives, their planet and their well-being.
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Simple Living: Lessons from the World of Television; Voluntary Simplicity: Cool Lifestyle for a Hot Planet; Graceful Living; A Scientific Approach to Voluntary Simplicity; Finding Real Wealth: Twice the Value for Half the Resources; Religion & the Earth; The Circle of Simplicity; Like Corn in the Night: Reclaiming a Sense of Time; Simplicity, Simply Put; Enroute to Eldertown: Where Fast Lanes Turn into Pastures & Meadows; Simplicity Isn"t "Voluntary" Any More; The Lagom Solution; Creating a Life You Love; Taking Back Family Life from Overscheduling; Why I Farm; Why People of Faith Must Care for the Planet; Nearing Enough; Culture as a Guidepost for a Balanced Life; "...and All the Trees of the Field; Will Clap Their Hands"; Decluttering; Wabi-Sabi Time; Changing the World One Block at a Time; The Real Wealth of Neighborhoods; The Speed Trap; Creating the Educational Foundations for Change; A Mature Economy; Why Isn"t This Empire Sustainable; Radical Sustainability; Downshifting to a Carbon-friendly Economy; What"s the Economy for, Anyway?; We Are Hard-wired to Care & Connect; Index.