Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. ~E.F. Schumacker
Recently Rhonda at down to earth asked "Why are you simplifying?" It is always good to think, reflect, ask why and affirm your decisions in writing so here goes:
- Why are you simplifying? For our health primarily, although we have always lived quite simply. We also find it cheaper, more satisfying and beneficial to everyone including our bodies and our land and environment which God has placed us custodians of. We want to be role models for our children and find that living simply encourages the use and seeking of knowledge which is practical and useful for generations to come.
- What convinced you that you should change how you live? Ill-health and the cost of living. My Generous Gentleman suffered severe atopic eczema a couple of years ago which meant he was not working for a few months and he endured a short hospital stay to attempt to restore his body to health. It has been a long process of recovery since. It is ongoing and involves lots of alternative ideas. We are also always thinking of new ways to escape what we don't like about our society including consumerism. Living simply matches our philosophies in life.
- What was the first major thing you changed? Our food. We now eat very limited packaged food or food containing preservatives and other additives. We eat everything fresh and cooked from scratch.
- How do you see yourself changing in the future? We will be growing our own organic fruit and veg on our own land. We'll be learning more in the quest to become as self-sufficient as possible in a life which is as satifying as possible.