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.
Seventeen years of Treehouse talk
Thursday, October 13, 2016
From the archives: Wendell Berry on the complexity of simplifying
First posted October, 2009. From this interview with Jeff Fearnside in The Sun Magazine.