Did you know that frugality is considered a philosophy? Well, it is, and it refers to “one who does not trust “expert” knowledge, often from commercial markets or corporate cultures, claiming to know what is in the best economic, material, or spiritual interests of individuals.”
It seems to be based, at least in the United States, at least partially on the writings of Henry David Thoreau, and in particular his work “Walden, in which he talks about self-reliance and minimal possessions.
Probably for the first time since the Great Depression, this concept of living minimally makes great sense. Not trusting corporations? Not trusting the corporate culture? This writer can say emphatically that I have no faith or trust in corporate America, and I will take it further and say I have no faith in our government. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Insert rich for people and you will be closer to the truth.
Living Simple is at least partially the answer. Self-reliance is a wonderful concept but few in today’s world can achieve it. However, we can cut back to the point where the woes of today’s economic landscape will not hurt us.