I think there are those out there who think Living Simple is about dropping out of society and living in the backwoods, off of the grid. They picture people with coon skin hats stalking their prey, and dinners by candlelight in a one-room shanty.
Not by a long shot! The philosophy of Living Simple is based on a disgust for modern living, the fixation with the almighty dollar, and dependence on credit, and some old-fashioned principles that have been forgotten.
Living Simple is about returning to a lifestyle that is not built around consumerism, but rather around friends and loved ones. It is about quality over quantity. It is a complete re-wiring of the thought-process that says the more you own, the better life will be.
Whoever dreamed up the concept of working 40 hour weeks for fifty years was obviously high on something, but the plain and simple truth is that we all bought into it. We all start working at a fairly early age, and then when we got our paychecks we began accumulating the trappings of life. We spent more and more, and then we turned to credit to buy more, and all the while we were in fact trapping ourselves into that forty hour work week, and guaranteeing that it would be that way until we were too old to enjoy life.
It does not have to be that way, and the first step is to change your thought process. Once you have done that then you can work on eliminating credit, and downsizing your life. Lower bills and you don’t have to make as much money. Pretty simple, isn’t it?
Modern society thinks backward. They think that they have to work more hours to pay for a home, and bills, and food, etc. The fact is that if you downsize, you won’t have to pay so much, and you won’t have to work so much, and then you can start enjoying the remaining time that you have on this planet.
But none of that will happen as long as you cling to the old way of thinking. As long as your work is determined by your need to pay for more and more things, you will always be several steps away from a simple lifestyle.