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Voluntary Simplicity Second: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich par [Elgin, Duane]
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Présentation de l'éditeur

“A manifesto for the only kind of future that promises sanity and the possibility of contentment. Bread and wine for the spirit.” —Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly


Originally published in 1981 and hailed as the “bible” of the simplicity movement by The Wall Street Journal, Duane Elgin’s classic Voluntary Simplicity has been completely revised for our modern times. Elgin, who was honored in 2009 by The Ecologist, the U.K.’s leading environmental magazine, as one of ten important “visionaries,” offers a path “Toward a Way of Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich.” Voluntary Simplicity has already changed the lives of thousands of people. This new edition will profoundly influence countless more with its powerful, timely message of balance, frugality, and ecological awareness.

Biographie de l'auteur

Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized speaker and author. His books include The Living Universe, Promise Ahead, and Awakening Earth. In 2006, he received the international Goi Peace Award in recognition of his contribution to a global "vision, consciousness, and lifestyle" that fosters a "more sustainable and spiritual culture." He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Voluntary Simplicity is an education, an inspiration, and a pleasure to read. 5 janvier 2010
Par Robert Elliott - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a way of life that is outwardly simple, inwardly rich, 2nd ed. Duane Elgin.

In 1981 when the first edition of this book was published the ideas were widely regarded as counter-cultural and unnecessary. The book was ahead of its time. Now three decades have passed and the world is a very different place, a place distressingly similar to the one the author warned us about. The global and ecological concerns that Elgin pointed to are now painfully obvious; the inadequacies of materialistic lifestyles focused on accumulating wealth and possessions are evident, and their ecological costs are inescapable. On the other hand, the benefits of living more simply and consciously are increasingly apparent.

Duane Elgin is one of today's most sophisticated social thinkers, and deservedly won the 2006 International Goi Peace Award for his contributions to a global "vision, consciousness, and lifestyle." Consequently, this fully revised second edition of Voluntary Simplicity is about far more than merely the necessity of changing external lifestyles. The book reaches beyond the mechanics of voluntary simplicity to examine the many psychological, spiritual, and cultural benefits of living more simply and consciously. In doing so, Elgin makes clear that voluntary simplicity is not self-sacrifice but rather enlightened self-interest, and that this emerging lifestyle choice can foster individual and collective wellbeing in multiple areas. In fact, it is amazing how many of our global problems would be ameliorated if the ideas in this vitally important book were widely adopted. Fortunately the depth and significance of the ideas are matched by the clarity of style, so that Voluntary Simplicity is an education, an inspiration, and a pleasure to read.
14 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 As vital as vital gets. 18 juillet 2010
Par Schmadrian - Publié sur
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I read the original edition last month. Here's what I had to say:

"It was published in 1981, written in the years just prior to that. So it's three decades old. And in many ways, it shows its age. On the other hand, much of what the author points out, much of what he proposes, still stands today.

At the time, it would have been regarded as a counter-culture polemic. Something from the tree-hugging, granola-eating, hippy-dippy bunch. Something to make the mainstream roll its eyes."

As I was curious just how Mr. Elgin would see things today, I purchased the book. And it was worth every penny.

Mr. Elgin does a solid job of updating the material; more than half of it is new. Gone is some of the fat (I still don't think the survey results warrant so much space), and what's been added is great stuff. Clearly, judicious thinking went into the editing of material.

His message hasn't changed, but obviously, its tenor has, given the situation we now find ourselves in. I won't belabour the point: this book deserves to be read and given due consideration.

If I had to sum it up in one broad notion, I would refer to my constant reference in discussions addressing just about everything in modern life from our obesity pandemic, fitness, finance, education, all the way to personal contentedness and living a purposeful life: effecting a change in societal value systems. The magnitude of this endeavour always makes my head spin, but Duane Elgin presents a convincing case for how we can all contribute to the eventual successful paradigm shift...and why it's imperative that we do.

Uncharacteristically, I'll end with an excerpt:

"We tend to think that we are powerless, helpless, impotent. Yet the reality is that only we - as individuals working in cooperation with each other- have the power to transform our situation. Far from being helpless, we are the only source from which the necessary creativity, compassion and action can arise. The outcome of this time of planetary transition will depend on the choices we make as individuals. Nothing is lacking. Nothing more is needed than what we already have. We require no remarkable, undiscovered technologies. We do not need heroic, larger-than-life leadership. The only requirement is that we, as individuals, choose a revitalizing future and then work in community with others to bring it to fruition. By our conscious choices we can move from alienation to community, from despair to creativity, from passivity to participation, from stagnation to learning, from cynicism to caring."

Personal rating: 9/10
18 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Vital reading for simple, sustainable and fulfilling living 19 janvier 2010
Par Steven V. Ruddell - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Have you ever questioned whether we're living at a time when our consumerism has exceeded the earth's capacity to sustain us? Or have you wondered whether our industrial production has contributed to a warming earth that might activate tipping points we can't fully imagine and bring about climate change, including potential flooding, freezing, famine, and species extinction ... maybe our own?! If so, give a sigh of relief. Yes, there's something each individual, no matter how "small", can do to awaken fully to what is happening and what we can do to make a change now, right where we are, to a simpler, saner, sustainable life style, culture, and planet. With elegant competence, Duane Elgin shows us the way with this completely rewritten second edition of his classic, Voluntary Simplicity.

I felt inspired from Edgar Mitchell's uplifting introduction through the 1981 forward written by Ram Das, which explores in detail the needed integration of "West" and "East" (outer and inner), through the introduction, "How the Times Have Changed", where Elgin clarifies six dramatic changes of perspective and values, which create enormous hope for our future. In Chapter One, "Cool Lifestyle for a Hot Planet" through seven chapters concluding with "Living in a Green World", we are guided and awakened to our potential to live conscious, fulfilling lives now that will also secure our future for generations to come. Voluntary Simplicity is short (200 pages), insightful, loaded with resources and highly readable.

I particularly liked the "Pioneers of Green Living", where Elgin reports on the articulate responses gleaned from a 1970's survey of people of all ages and backgrounds who chose a simple lifestyle. Their insights are just as alive today as they were thirty years ago and now even more relevant.

Another favorite for me was "The World at the Tipping Point" where Elgin reviews the key "Global Adversity Trends", as well as two possible scenarios that might play out if there is a breakdown. He also defines the strategies people may use to psychologically protect themselves from the impact of these trends combining to deliver a possible Perfect Storm.

There's lots of hope though. Elgin shows our potential as he reviews humanity's evolutionary journey to awakening. This is a very positive and enlightening section of the book. He shares with us inspiring archetypes for understanding our journey and leaves us with a feeling that we can make the needed changes and together create a sustainable, simple, fulfilling future if we can just align our vision together as we transform our global communications network.

I remember when Buckmeister Fuller introduced me to the metaphor of "Space Ship Earth". With this simple image, I began to see myself on a journey through space with a planet of other crew members and the resources we needed for our flight. With earth seen as a spaceship, efficient use of resources made obvious sense. Fighting across the isles didn't. I began to ask questions: has our on board industrial production contributed to a fowling of the ventilation system? Are we running out of fuel, out of water? Is there a good manual on board?

Voluntary Simplicity is Chapter One in the kind of manual I'd want to have. Elgin lets us know that there is something we can do to become aware of what is happening on Space Ship Earth and how we can change in time to meet the challenge of a world facing an inevitable systems crisis.

Once you've completed Voluntary Simplicity, you'll want to fill out the picture with Elgin's magnum opus, Awakening Earth, and his latest book, The Living Universe. With these works under your belt, you'll have everything you need to know where we are, who we are, and where we're going.
25 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 A few nice quotes. Little practicality. 3 mai 2011
Par Beth Jones - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I went into this book thinking it would offer more practical examples of or suggestions for how to live simply, but there is a lot of fluff here, especially with the many survey responses from people saying the same empty thing. Some of the philosophy is sound while other parts of it are lacking in reality. Realistic answers are what the simplicity movement require. Not to mention, the focus of the book is a bit scattered. In one instance, the focus is purely on simplicity for the sake of it while in other parts, it seems the author is talking more about living simply for the environment while never really coming to a clear thesis on his mission. And, whatever he is talking about rests more on empty rhetoric than specifics. I wrote down a few clever quotes but most of them are attributed to other authors the author quoted. I imagine there are other more practical, realistic books on this movement out there . . . I hope.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Philosphical and moral foundation for simplicity 6 juillet 2012
Par Charles Shelton - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I read this book when it first came out (the original edition). It opened my mind and changed my life. It was published before the Simple Living movement existed and probably helped create and inspire it. Those looking for someone to tell them exactly how to do this should look elsewhere or think for themselves. This book created the philosophical and moral foundation I and others were looking for. Thank the universe for Duane Elgin.
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