Quotable Creation Care: David Shi Explains What Simplicity Isn’t

Simplicity in its essence demands neither a vow of poverty nor a life of rural homesteading. As an ethic of self-conscious material moderation, it can be practiced in cities and suburbs, townhouses and condominiums. It requires neither a log cabin nor a hairshirt but a deliberate ordering of priorities so as to distinguish between the necessary and superfluous, useful and wasteful, beautiful and vulgar.

- David E. Shi from The Simple Life: Plain living and high thinking in American culture

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Jon-Paul August 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Big fan of Furman Univ (my alma mater) and the work they’re doing in the new sustainability center, as well as Flourish. Glad to see the connection. The south, especially rural south, has a largely un-articulated sense of simplicity that has help imbue a sense of simplicity in my life. I’m grateful.

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