Voluntary Simplicity is a new concept, but it expresses an ageless lifestyle. One in which priority is what is natural to be a priority: building a life based on personal development, autonomy, authentic self-expression, healthy relations and a sustainable economy.
Voluntary simplicity does not, however, means living in poverty, becoming an ascetic monk or indiscriminately renouncing all the advantages of science and technology. It does not involve regressing to a primitive state of living. This simple way of life is not just for saints, hippies or eccentric outsiders. After examining afresh our relationship with each other, with material possessions, with planet ecology, ‘the simple life’ of voluntary simplicity become a moral choice.
I strongly believed this is a moral and ecological way to live. I’m not against comfort, but excesses. Excesses lead to power games and to destruction of ecosystems. I find it immoral and non-ecologic to consume, as a species, from the ecosystem more than we give back, because that is how we take the chance for others to live.
A consumerist mentality requests a lot of struggle and leads to depletion of your own resources, time and energy. It leads also to inequality and unhealthy human relations. Voluntary Simplicity, avoiding too much struggle, gives a place for joyful and meaningful relations with yourself, others and Nature.