Berry: They didn’t have electricity. All their technology was nineteenth century. But they were satisfied, and they lived a great life — they made a great life. It was a work of art.
Fearnside: So their answer was to simplify their lives so that they required less income and could do the things they were passionate about.
Berry: They reduced costs, but when you do that, you make your life more complex. It’s much simpler to live by shopping.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wendell Berry on the cost of simplifying
From this interview with Jeff Fearnside in The Sun Magazine. Thanks to Holy Experience for the link.
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You know, it IS much simpler to live by shopping. This is why I have no craft or sewing skills at age 34--it's easier (and cheaper) to buy someone else's finished products, secondhand.
I guess I am just grateful that I don't have to shear a sheep and spin the yarn in order to have a sweater!
Thanks for this insightful link!
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